In the Pipes: Why 2010 NHL Free Agency Is All About Goaltending

June 27th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
With the recent resigning of Montreal's Tomas Plekanec and San Jose's Patrick Marleau, the 2010 NHL Free Agent frenzy has slowed to something of an Ilya Kovalchuk Sweepstakes and nothing else. 

Sure, other cash pieces, like Alexander Frolov, Dan Hamhuis, and even Bill Guerin, will draw considerable attention, but this free agent season has less to do with superstars than the NHL Entry Draft. When it comes right down to it, the top free agents to watch this off-season will be coming from in between the pipes. 

Recently, nearly all of the NHL's 30 teams have been more than content with their netminder situation. The biggest off-season acquisitions for that position over the last few years?

Ray Emery, Jose Theodore, Cristobal Huet, and Craig Anderson.

Granted, some of them have shined to the nth degree, it still doesn't read like a highly provocative or attractive A-List.

In 2010, the list has expanded in both supply and demand, with more than a half-dozen teams attempting to secure a goalie who can win them a Stanley Cup. Each one of these tenders has something to prove, too, making it all the more interesting to s ...

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