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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bargain Basement Goalies Pay Off

High-priced goalies guarantee little -

An interesting perspective from ex-goalie, Darren Elliott, regarding the performance of stud goalies in the 2009 NHL Playoffs.  The four goalies left in the playoffs are not normally considered the league's top goalies: Detroit's Chris Osgood,  Carolina's Cam Ward, Chicago's Nik Khabibulin and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.  

Meanwhile, the so-called top goalies (and top-paid goalies) have already been eliminated; such as:  Henrik Lundqvist (with his $7.75 million price tag), Presidents' Trophy-winning veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the San Jose Sharks ($5.5 million salary), New Jersey's Marty Brodeur (at $5.2 million), Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff ($8.5 million) and the Vancouver Canucks' own Roberto Luongo ($7 million).  

How much is a top goalie really worth?

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