When Boston won Rask and TT they had around 6 mill commited to goalies.
When Carolina won Ward was on an ELC making not much and must have had a low cap hit.
When Pitts won their backup was Sabourin who couldn't have made much so must have been around 6.
Other than that the teams mentioned have had very little playoff success.
Of all the teams that did win they all had a clear number 1 goalie for the playoffs. NHL.com has stats for the last 15 years and in them 15 years the backups have won 6 games total out of the 240 totals wins needed for the last 15 Cup champions, Bryz won 3 when the Ducks won, Hasek won 2 with Detroit in 07-08 and Gerber won 1 when Carolina won, every other Champion had 1 goalie they rode to the cup who won all 16 games, so having 2 equal goalies platooning seems far fetched to be a viable solution.
Of the 11 teams you list which is around a 1/3 of the league the teams listed account for 62.5% of the bottom 8 with 5 of the 8 teams listed finishing 23rd or lower.
Fair points. But my post was in reference to next yr and the $$ teams had tied up in goaltending for that period only. We don't know which teams will make the playoffs next yr, so the % you mentioned would only matter when doing the math next summer.
As for teams who've won with only 1 clear goaltender. How many of those teams had 2 of the best goaltenders in the league on their team? One, none? So comparisons are hard to do as this is a unique situation.
What we do know now is: the west is the most competitive it's been since pre-lockout. We know 11 teams have committed $7+M to goaltending next season, so the Canucks $9M isn't out of the ordinary. We know the Canucks have been in the top 1/3 of the league with man games lost to injury for last 5 yrs. So there's a high probability a goalie will get injured.
I'd rather have Schneider or Luongo as injury insurance, or in case someone struggles.
Edited by RunningWild, 22 August 2012 - 01:02 AM.