What's a goalie worth?

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Rick Mutton, Port Perry, Ont.

Goaltender salaries are looking interesting. Based on the salaries from the THN depth charts and the standings as Nov. 23, here are some interesting stats:

The average team goalie salary of the top three teams in each conference is $2.408 million. The average team goalie salary of the bottom three ranked teams in each conference is $5.947 million.

The teams ranked No. 1-4 in each conference have eight of the top 10 lowest goalie team payrolls. Of the 10 teams with the lowest team goalie payrolls, only Atlanta is not in a playoff spot currently.

Of the 10 teams with the highest team goalie payrolls, only the Rangers (sixth in the conference) and Boston (seventh in the conference) are currently in a playoff position currently.

It doesn't look great for UFA goalies like J-S Giguere for next year. Nor for teams like the Islanders who have a huge millstone around their neck.


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