Does your hockey team need a goalie? Has your defense failed time and time again? Is the only thing that can bring your city a Stanley Cup signing a stud between the pipes? Lucky for you the free agent class before the 2014-2015 NHL season has a few goalies who might be able to help you out.
After what probably felt like an eternity playing in Buffalo, goalie Ryan Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues last season. Things didn’t quite turn out as he would like, but lucky for him he has a chance for another fresh start. Miller has been as consistent of a goalie as anyone could wish for. Even while playing for perennially bad teams in Buffalo he managed to have some great seasons on a team with very little offense to help him out. Miller immediately makes whatever team he joins better and hopefully they can do the same for him.
One thing the Anaheim Ducks really have going for them is an abundance of good goaltenders. Frederik Andersen and John Gibson can both work as starters in the NHL which leaves the guy who started the majority of the games for them last year on the outs: Jonas Hiller. Hiller is only knocked out of Anaheim due to a changing of the guard. Hiller is a veteran and the Ducks are looking to secure their future. The Swiss goaltender has never had a true standout season although last years he had a very impressive 29-13 record.
He may be controversial and a little out of practice, but you cannot count out Tim Thomas as someone who might be able to help a team in need. Thomas is a two-time Vezina Trophy winner who has seen better days. Last season he split time between the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars in a years he would probably rather forget about. At 40-years-old he’s certainly a risk. There is still no denying what he might be able to do. Hockey is an ageless sport for many and Thomas may have one season left in him.
No goalie has won more games than Martin Brodeur. The only goalie worth arguing against Brodeur as the best is Patrick Roy. The 2014-2015 could be his first not in a New Jersey Devils’ uniform so it would be interesting to see how he could perform in unfamiliar territory. Even though his reputation has become that of an aged veteran who might be finished, Brodeur had a 19-14 record in 2013-2014 for a team that didn’t even make the playoffs. Brodeur might be best suited as a backup on a team with a young goaltender as the wisdom he has is the most valuable contribution he can bring to hockey.
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