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The Top NHL Free Agent Goalies For 2014

Posted by on 6/27/2014 10:52:44 PM

There is a lot that goes into deciding whether or not to sign an NHL free agent. The team that signs the free agent needs to make sure that it can absorb the cap hit and the team also wants to be sure that the player will be worth the money he will be getting. One of the most important positions in all of sports is an NHL goaltender and there will be plenty of goalies available for NHL teams to ponder.

Ryan Miller – Cap hit: $6.5 million

Ryan Miller is 33 years old and did not exactly live up to his reputation as a big game goalie in his short stint with the St. Louis Blues. There are rumors that the Buffalo Sabres may be interested in reacquiring the winningest goalie in Buffalo history, but those rumors are highly doubtful. The Sabres are moving in a different direction and that will make it hard for Miller to catch on anywhere. Few teams will want to take Miller’s cap hit considering his poor performance last season.

Jonas Hiller – Cap hit: $4.5 million

There will be plenty of interest in Jonas Hiller, but it is doubtful that Hiller will stay in Anaheim. The Ducks have a lot of great, youthful options in goal, which means it is time for Hiller to move on. Jonas Hiller is still a number one goalie and still someone who can carry a team to a Cup win. The price is right for a guy like Hiller and he could wind up anywhere from Buffalo, to the Islanders, to possibly even the San Jose Sharks.

Tim Thomas – Cap hit: $3.75 million

One of the more interesting free agent stories this summer could be Tim Thomas. Will he sign with Dallas, or will he try out the waters somewhere else? To be honest, there may not be a huge market for Thomas considering his age (39) and his penchant for leaving teams unannounced. If Thomas won’t accept a back-up/mentor position with a team, then his career may be over.

Ray Emery – Cap hit: $1.65 million

It is kind of hard to understand why Ray Emery cannot seem to find a team where he can “be the man” in goal. Over and over again, Emery has proven to be a stable fixture in net and the kind of backstopper a good team needs. It could be his inability to get along with his teammates or his inability to make the team’s flights on time. Emery is not getting any younger and at 35 years old, he may want to consider acting a little more humble to get one more shot at a Cup.

Thomas Greiss – Cap hit: $750,000

There have been talk about Greiss being a number one goalie somewhere for a long time now. Whenever he is given the chance to prove himself, Greiss always seems to fall short in his performance. But there will still be at least one team out there that will see what everyone else has seen in Greiss for years and give Thomas one more chance at proving himself.

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