NHL Finals: Does a Top-Dollar Goalie Assure You of a Stanley Cup?

May 28th, 2010 by Nucks IceMan Leave a reply »

After taking a look at this upcoming final and the starting goaltenders, the answer would be a no.

Because if you look at who is left playing that position for the Stanley Cup, Chicago’s Antti Niemi cap hit of $0.827 million and Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton at $0.183 million are at the very bottom of the money-makers.

So what happen to all this high-priced goaltending?

Take a look at the top 26 goaltenders who earned (all 2009-10 cap figures) from a low of $2.2 million (Montreal’s Carey Price and Tampa’s Mike Smith) up to the top two of Henrik Lundqvist ($6.875 million) and Roberto Luongo ($6.75 million). Only 11 made it into the first round of the playoffs.

Of these, only three made it past the second round —Evgeni Nabokov, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Tuukka Rask.

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