Countdown to July 1: Notable goalies still set to hit market

June, 30, 2011

Here is a look at some of the notable free-agent goalies who are still set to hit the market Friday at noon ET:

Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers ($5.7 million cap hit this past season): Although the 34-year-old Czech did not have his best season, his .922 save percentage was solid as always. And with Ilya Bryzgalov off the market, Vokoun should have top billing on Friday.

Ray Emery, Anaheim Ducks ($500,000 cap hit this past season): Well, well, quite the story we've got here, eh? A year ago, Emery's career appeared possibly over because of a serious hip injury and subsequent surgery from which most athletes never recover. But in his NHL return with Anaheim, he proved to 29 other teams he's still capable of being a solid No. 1 goalie. Whether he could stand the rigors of an 82-game season, nobody knows for sure.

Jose Theodore, Minnesota Wild ($1.1 million cap hit this past season): The 34-year-old veteran was an 11th-hour addition this past fall by the Wild after the injury to Josh Harding, and Theodore was solid behind Nick Backstrom, posting a .916 save percentage. At the right price, he'd be once again a terrific backup and even a stopgap starter for a team in need.

Brian Boucher, Philadelphia Flyers ($925,000 cap hit this past season): The Flyers stumbled in the postseason, using three goaltenders, and signed Bryzgalov last week to help sure up this weakness. Still Boucher, 34, put up a .916 save percentage and 2.42 GAA this past regular season -- not too bad at all.

Marty Turco, Chicago Blackhawks ($1.3 million cap hit this past season): Things did not go as planned this past season for the 35-year-old netminder. Rookie Corey Crawford stole the job from him early in the season and never looked back. Turco likely isn't in Chicago's future plans. A one-year deal with a chance to prove himself elsewhere is what he needs.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Toronto Maple Leafs ($6 million cap hit this past season): A recurring groin issue really limited the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner this past season, while unknown rookie James Reimer took over the Leafs' net in the second half and thrived. Giggy likely will look elsewhere and, like Turco, expect a one-year deal with the hope of proving himself again. Who knows? Maybe Toronto can bring back the 34-year-old for one more year at a reduced rate to further help Reimer's development.

Ty Conklin, St. Louis Blues ($1.3 million cap hit this past season): The Blues waived him this past season with no takers, so that tells you his future is likely elsewhere. The 35-year-old needs to find a backup job and likely accept a pay cut.

Other UFA-bound goalies of note: Mike Smith, Tampa Bay Lightning; Pascal Leclaire, Ottawa Senators; Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils; Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings; Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche; Mathieu Garon, Columbus Blue Jackets; Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild; Alex Auld, Montreal Canadiens; Joey MacDonald, Detroit Red Wings; Curtis McElhinney, Ottawa Senators; Martin Gerber, Edmonton Oilers; Henrik Karlsson, Calgary Flames.

Information from's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.



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