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Comprehensive Goalie Shopping for the Maple Leafs

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I look at every single goalie — at least for a second.

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The Leafs need a goalie. This is not news, and has been true since about this time last year. They skated through the 2020-2021 season playing Frederik Andersen when he was injured while they waited for Jack Campbell to not be injured, and they got a lot better results from Michael Hutchinson than they had any right to expect.

Let’s not do that again.

Post-draft, Kyle Dubas made some comments about his goalie search that sidled up to something honest about his dilemma. He doesn’t really know what Jack Campbell can do. No one ever does with goalies, but in Campbell’s case. he had varying levels of regular-season results and good results in a very short playoff run. Campbell has never played a heavy workload in his life, and his seasons where he wasn’t very good are numerous, but this wasn’t his only ever good one.

The uncertainty around goalies is frustrating, so declaring — for example — one side or the other in the dispute over the value of Alex Nedeljkovic extremely stupid for their opinion on 23 games of NHL play is very satisfying in an argument. It’s not how a GM of a team looking to battle it out in a tough division can make his decisions, though. Kyle Dubas is not setting out to win a take contest, so he needs to do more that compose a short declarative sentence about who is good and who is bad.

It is clear that Dubas is setting out to have some kind of tandem. Tandems were the talking point of a few seasons ago, yet it’s a concept instantly undermined by how people talk about it. The second you start calling goalies 1A and 1B, you admit that you can’t help but rank them. No team truly has a tandem because, when the playoffs come, a decision gets made. Unless there’s an injury, one guy gets the job and the other watches.

Vegas made a dramatic exception to that standard operating procedure this year, and the outrage, shock and amazement flowed freely. They actually did play their goalies as something like a tandem in the games that mattered. Montréal is planning to play Carey Price and Jake Allen as a tandem in the regular season, but there is no question who will start in the playoffs, assuming they can get there in a division that has five teams who think they are in.

Somewhere between Vegas’s genuine tandem and Montréal’s regular season only arrangement is what the Leafs will shoot for. They want a winner declared between Campbell and the mystery man by the end of the season, but no one seems to be firmly naming Campbell a starter now. In other words, Dubas is not looking to acquire a goalie who will be assumed to be subordinate. He’s not looking for some AHLer to dream on either. This is not a Garret Sparks vs Curtis McElhinney question, this is a shopping trip for serious NHLers only, so I’m looking at them all.

There are 98 goalies from Aaron Dell to Vitek Vanecek who appeared in at least one game in 2020-2021. Because of the unique rules on emergency goalies and Taxi Squads, that’s more than usual, and a lot of them are Hutchinson-types. The first culling of this list is any goalie who played less than 10 games, and now I have 67 which represents all starters/backups/tandems in the NHL last season.

Gaolies, 2020-2021 with 10 or more games played

Player Season Team Position GP TOI GA SA FA xGA Sv% FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Player Season Team Position GP TOI GA SA FA xGA Sv% FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Aaron Dell 20-21 N.J G 7 319.17 21.45 153.29 210.23 11.85 86.01 89.8 94.36 -4.57 -9.6
Adin Hill 20-21 ARI G 19 1005.9 45.09 525.84 721.37 44.64 91.43 93.75 93.81 -0.06 -0.45
Alex Lyon 20-21 PHI G 6 324.15 18.19 171.55 231.62 13.42 89.4 92.15 94.21 -2.06 -4.77
Alex Nedeljkovic 20-21 CAR G 23 1392.03 43.43 632.33 880.97 56.35 93.13 95.07 93.6 1.47 12.92
Alexandar Georgiev 20-21 NYR G 19 973.93 43.97 463.67 667.65 40.78 90.52 93.41 93.89 -0.48 -3.19
Alexei Melnichuk 20-21 S.J G 3 130.58 11.62 89.24 110.88 8.99 86.98 89.52 91.89 -2.37 -2.63
Andrei Vasilevskiy 20-21 T.B G 42 2523.62 91.62 1207.78 1608.44 103.73 92.41 94.3 93.55 0.75 12.11
Anthony Stolarz 20-21 ANA G 8 464.3 16.98 226.85 305.8 18.38 92.51 94.45 93.99 0.46 1.4
Anton Forsberg 20-21 OTT G 8 448.55 23.71 266.15 362.06 23.33 91.09 93.45 93.56 -0.1 -0.38
Anton Khudobin 20-21 DAL G 32 1794.62 76.42 795.06 1134.39 66.13 90.39 93.26 94.17 -0.91 -10.29
Antti Raanta 20-21 ARI G 12 678.83 38.79 403.47 559.34 36.88 90.39 93.07 93.41 -0.34 -1.91
Artyom Zagidulin 20-21 CGY G 1 28.22 1.98 12.14 22.18 1.02 83.69 91.07 95.4 -4.33 -0.96
Braden Holtby 20-21 VAN G 21 1260.48 76.98 714.46 1000.88 68.37 89.23 92.31 93.17 -0.86 -8.61
Brian Elliott 20-21 PHI G 30 1607.72 83.31 759.91 1036.79 62.81 89.04 91.96 93.94 -1.98 -20.5
Calvin Petersen 20-21 L.A G 35 2015.85 98.05 1126.41 1537.4 101.81 91.3 93.62 93.38 0.24 3.76
Calvin Pickard 20-21 DET G 6 303.52 15.66 128.96 183.46 9.88 87.86 91.46 94.61 -3.15 -5.78
Cam Talbot 20-21 MIN G 33 1961.45 85.82 1003.89 1407.31 79.09 91.45 93.9 94.38 -0.48 -6.73
Carey Price 20-21 MTL G 25 1478.75 65.23 651.15 915.46 57.12 89.98 92.87 93.76 -0.89 -8.11
Carter Hart 20-21 PHI G 27 1456.32 89.75 728.26 973.38 65.3 87.68 90.78 93.29 -2.51 -24.45
Carter Hutton 20-21 BUF G 13 674.72 40.53 363.56 489.92 32.8 88.85 91.73 93.31 -1.58 -7.73
Casey Desmith 20-21 PIT G 20 1132.32 47.31 542.82 710.33 51.2 91.28 93.34 92.79 0.55 3.89
Cayden Primeau 20-21 MTL G 4 201.9 13.96 96.22 135.16 9.1 85.49 89.67 93.27 -3.6 -4.86
Chris Driedger 20-21 FLA G 23 1361.6 46.3 640.04 889.85 53.33 92.77 94.8 94.01 0.79 7.03
Chris Gibson 20-21 T.B G 2 112.97 5.23 39.67 50.27 3.27 86.82 89.6 93.5 -3.9 -1.96
Collin Delia 20-21 CHI G 6 334.48 19.49 205.2 272.03 20.32 90.5 92.84 92.53 0.31 0.83
Connor Hellebuyck 20-21 WPG G 45 2602.82 113.24 1331.67 1843.77 126.96 91.5 93.86 93.11 0.74 13.72
Craig Anderson 20-21 WSH G 4 168.73 6.31 76.22 122.42 6.28 91.72 94.85 94.87 -0.02 -0.03
Curtis McElhinney 20-21 T.B G 12 719.32 37.56 307.95 406.07 24.16 87.8 90.75 94.05 -3.3 -13.4
Dan Vladar 20-21 BOS G 5 300.07 18.11 158.01 219.04 13.32 88.54 91.73 93.92 -2.19 -4.79
Darcy Kuemper 20-21 ARI G 27 1546.62 67.57 731.18 1021.11 66.36 90.76 93.38 93.5 -0.12 -1.21
David Rittich 20-21 CGY/TOR G 19 965.76 45.61 465.52 663.89 39.2 90.2 93.13 94.1 -0.97 -6.41
Devan Dubnyk 20-21 COL/S.J G 22 1182.36 62.28 601.51 817.4 50.29 89.65 92.38 93.85 -1.47 -11.99
Dustin Tokarski 20-21 BUF G 13 729.43 43.39 467.11 634.81 37.32 90.71 93.16 94.12 -0.96 -6.07
Elvis Merzlikins 20-21 CBJ G 28 1496.82 68.77 834.09 1104.85 66.34 91.76 93.78 94 -0.22 -2.43
Eric Comrie 20-21 N.J G 1 60 2.67 29.43 44.98 2.95 90.93 94.06 93.44 0.62 0.28
Filip Gustavsson 20-21 OTT G 9 471.57 17.27 255.81 368.98 20.27 93.25 95.32 94.51 0.81 3
Frederik Andersen 20-21 TOR G 24 1420.12 70.24 663.15 928.64 59.05 89.41 92.44 93.64 -1.2 -11.19
Hunter Miska 20-21 COL G 5 259.8 17.82 107.87 142.1 8.49 83.48 87.46 94.03 -6.57 -9.33
Igor Shesterkin 20-21 NYR G 35 1899.02 83.58 989.15 1364.1 87.55 91.55 93.87 93.58 0.29 3.97
Ilya Samsonov 20-21 WSH G 19 1092.82 47.82 488.03 676.21 41.15 90.2 92.93 93.91 -0.99 -6.67
Ilya Sorokin 20-21 NYI G 22 1271.78 45.57 556 785.77 48.31 91.8 94.2 93.85 0.35 2.74
Ivan Prosvetov 20-21 ARI G 3 130.02 8.87 54.3 81.03 4.87 83.66 89.05 93.99 -4.94 -4
Jack Campbell 20-21 TOR G 22 1284.4 44.89 556.77 773.99 49.53 91.94 94.2 93.6 0.6 4.64
Jacob Markstrom 20-21 CGY G 43 2507.93 112.95 1161.93 1579.1 99.73 90.28 92.85 93.68 -0.84 -13.22
Jake Allen 20-21 MTL G 29 1702.6 76.5 833.76 1141.19 72.25 90.82 93.3 93.67 -0.37 -4.25
Jake Oettinger 20-21 DAL G 29 1604.13 63.05 717.36 1021.64 60.1 91.21 93.83 94.12 -0.29 -2.95
James Reimer 20-21 CAR G 22 1331.1 57.6 613.28 824.43 54.9 90.61 93.01 93.34 -0.33 -2.7
Jaroslav Halak 20-21 BOS G 19 1089.92 46.28 489.68 676.46 38.92 90.55 93.16 94.25 -1.09 -7.36
Jeremy Swayman 20-21 BOS G 10 601.72 14.23 257.57 362.42 18.32 94.48 96.07 94.95 1.13 4.09
Joey Daccord 20-21 OTT G 8 403.37 21.74 220.35 305.4 20 90.13 92.88 93.45 -0.57 -1.74
John Gibson 20-21 ANA G 35 2030.5 104.73 1072.93 1481.07 100.24 90.24 92.93 93.23 -0.3 -4.49
Jonas Johansson 20-21 BUF/COL G 15 816.83 38.5 380.36 514.66 31.73 89.88 92.52 93.83 -1.32 -6.77
Jonathan Bernier 20-21 DET G 24 1306.45 65.6 774.31 1008.31 67.4 91.53 93.49 93.32 0.18 1.8
Jonathan Quick 20-21 L.A G 22 1217.98 58.44 572.36 821.18 55.2 89.79 92.88 93.28 -0.39 -3.24
Joonas Korpisalo 20-21 CBJ G 33 1747.43 96.68 911.29 1258.57 77.96 89.39 92.32 93.81 -1.49 -18.72
Jordan Binnington 20-21 STL G 42 2447.67 108.61 1201.99 1667.96 110.99 90.96 93.49 93.35 0.14 2.38
Josef Korenar 20-21 S.J G 10 491.83 26.61 263.88 362.58 23.38 89.92 92.66 93.55 -0.89 -3.23
Juuse Saros 20-21 NSH G 36 2051.8 78.23 1072.91 1420.15 85.18 92.71 94.49 94 0.49 6.95
Kaapo Kahkonen 20-21 MIN G 24 1414.47 67.68 683.7 950.7 52.09 90.1 92.88 94.52 -1.64 -15.59
Kasimir Kaskisuo 20-21 NSH G 1 15.37 0 3.31 6.65 0.35 100 100 94.74 5.26 0.35
Keith Kinkaid 20-21 NYR G 9 485.88 20.75 203.69 287.96 16.48 89.81 92.79 94.28 -1.48 -4.27
Kevin Lankinen 20-21 CHI G 37 2174.82 109.43 1213.51 1570.93 102.86 90.98 93.03 93.45 -0.42 -6.57
Laurent Brossoit 20-21 WPG G 14 744.12 29.77 373.68 505.71 30.19 92.03 94.11 94.03 0.08 0.42
Linus Ullmark 20-21 BUF G 20 1117.08 49.01 590.66 814.96 46.75 91.7 93.99 94.26 -0.28 -2.26
Logan Thompson 20-21 VGK G 1 8.25 0 2.21 3.33 0.15 100 100 95.5 4.5 0.15
Louis Domingue 20-21 CGY G 1 57.7 2.92 24.25 33.69 1.5 87.96 91.33 95.55 -4.21 -1.42
Mackenzie Blackwood 20-21 N.J G 35 2090.62 107.63 1089.02 1466.11 94.04 90.12 92.66 93.59 -0.93 -13.59
Malcolm Subban 20-21 CHI G 16 881.28 48.03 486.84 643.65 43.54 90.13 92.54 93.24 -0.7 -4.49
Marc-Andre Fleury 20-21 VGK G 36 2146.6 70.31 967.94 1313.78 89.51 92.74 94.65 93.19 1.46 19.2
Marcus Hogberg 20-21 OTT G 14 641.85 39.51 331.54 455.84 27.67 88.08 91.33 93.93 -2.6 -11.84
Martin Jones 20-21 S.J G 34 1867.65 102.39 986.86 1400.11 88.68 89.62 92.69 93.67 -0.98 -13.71
Matiss Kivlenieks 20-21 CBJ G 2 123.35 7.18 72.89 90.05 5.16 90.15 92.03 94.27 -2.24 -2.02
Matt Murray 20-21 OTT G 27 1404 79.57 750.33 1019.44 64.26 89.4 92.19 93.7 -1.5 -15.31
Maxime Lagace 20-21 PIT G 1 60 0 28.83 36.84 2.24 100 100 93.92 6.08 2.24
Michael Houser 20-21 BUF G 4 243.03 14.05 148.16 184.7 9.95 90.52 92.39 94.61 -2.22 -4.1
Michael Hutchinson 20-21 TOR G 8 421.87 17.25 209.92 285.41 15.42 91.78 93.96 94.6 -0.64 -1.83
Mike Smith 20-21 EDM G 32 1846.55 72.15 920.51 1270.68 79.37 92.16 94.32 93.75 0.57 7.22
Mikko Koskinen 20-21 EDM G 26 1437.38 76.85 754.73 1000.3 66.48 89.82 92.32 93.35 -1.04 -10.37
Oscar Dansk 20-21 VGK G 1 61.42 3.68 25.94 34.66 2.7 85.81 89.38 92.21 -2.83 -0.98
Pekka Rinne 20-21 NSH G 24 1310.48 62.46 678.1 885.25 52.46 90.79 92.94 94.07 -1.13 -10
Petr Mrazek 20-21 CAR G 12 670.98 23.1 304 422.61 33.83 92.4 94.53 91.99 2.54 10.73
Philipp Grubauer 20-21 COL G 40 2366.5 76.5 973.66 1336.1 80.76 92.14 94.27 93.96 0.32 4.26
Robin Lehner 20-21 VGK G 19 1155.32 44.29 502.36 719.63 49.25 91.18 93.85 93.16 0.69 4.96
Ryan Miller 20-21 ANA G 16 870.92 50.85 441.65 611.79 40.16 88.49 91.69 93.44 -1.75 -10.69
Scott Wedgewood 20-21 N.J G 16 888.03 46.38 467.99 630.01 40.4 90.09 92.64 93.59 -0.95 -5.98
Semyon Varlamov 20-21 NYI G 36 2116.1 71.39 1014.16 1411.68 80.94 92.96 94.94 94.27 0.68 9.55
Sergei Bobrovsky 20-21 FLA G 31 1814.87 87.19 920.55 1182.28 76.71 90.53 92.63 93.51 -0.89 -10.48
Spencer Knight 20-21 FLA G 4 206.9 7.97 95.77 114.77 6.36 91.68 93.06 94.46 -1.4 -1.61
Stuart Skinner 20-21 EDM G 1 59.68 5.05 35.24 47.25 3.69 85.67 89.31 92.19 -2.88 -1.36
Thatcher Demko 20-21 VAN G 35 2086.77 100.59 1180.25 1592.95 108.41 91.48 93.69 93.19 0.49 7.82
Thomas Greiss 20-21 DET G 34 1754.53 78.47 903.08 1250.72 71.91 91.31 93.73 94.25 -0.52 -6.56
Tristan Jarry 20-21 PIT G 39 2183.75 99.05 1085.86 1439.4 89.92 90.88 93.12 93.75 -0.63 -9.13
Troy Grosenick 20-21 L.A G 2 120 5.73 73.59 98.71 7.25 92.21 94.2 92.66 1.54 1.52
Tuukka Rask 20-21 BOS G 24 1395.72 52.74 599.59 849.42 51.58 91.2 93.79 93.93 -0.14 -1.16
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen 20-21 BUF G 4 216.7 13.63 149.46 204.09 12.27 90.88 93.32 93.99 -0.67 -1.36
Veini Vehvilainen 20-21 CBJ G 1 10.67 0.99 4.24 5.34 0.15 76.65 81.46 97.19 -15.73 -0.84
Ville Husso 20-21 STL G 17 916.97 48.76 458.48 639.91 42.14 89.36 92.38 93.41 -1.03 -6.62
Vitek Vanecek 20-21 WSH G 37 2114.03 94.48 1017.97 1441.9 86.03 90.72 93.45 94.03 -0.59 -8.45

Somewhere in there is the goalie the Leafs will acquire. So now this needs to be really culled. Off the top end, I’m taking every player under contract at $5 million or more, the retired players, and anyone over 35. On the other end of the age spectrum, I’m taking out anyone 23 or younger because the chances of a team moving a goalie that young are just too small to entertain. That gets me to 43, so I’m going to pick out the career backups by hand and make a few quality judgements to get down to 31 names:

31 Reasonable Choices

Player Age 2021 Contract Team GP GA xGA FA FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Player Age 2021 Contract Team GP GA xGA FA FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Petr Mrazek 28 UFA CAR 12 23.1 33.83 422.61 94.53 91.99 2.54 10.73
Alex Nedeljkovic 24 $3,000,000 CAR 23 43.43 56.35 880.97 95.07 93.6 1.47 12.92
Chris Driedger 26 $3,500,000 FLA 23 46.3 53.33 889.85 94.8 94.01 0.79 7.03
Jack Campbell 28 $1,650,000 TOR 22 44.89 49.53 773.99 94.2 93.6 0.6 4.64
Casey Desmith 28 $1,250,000 PIT 20 47.31 51.2 710.33 93.34 92.79 0.55 3.89
Thatcher Demko 24 $1,050,000 VAN 35 100.59 108.41 1592.95 93.69 93.19 0.49 7.82
Juuse Saros 25 $1,500,000 NSH 36 78.23 85.18 1420.15 94.49 94 0.49 6.95
Ilya Sorokin 24 RFA NYI 22 45.57 48.31 785.77 94.2 93.85 0.35 2.74
Philipp Grubauer 28 UFA COL 40 76.5 80.76 1336.1 94.27 93.96 0.32 4.26
Igor Shesterkin 24 RFA NYR 35 83.58 87.55 1364.1 93.87 93.58 0.29 3.97
Calvin Petersen 25 $858,333 L.A 35 98.05 101.81 1537.4 93.62 93.38 0.24 3.76
Jonathan Bernier 31 UFA DET 24 65.6 67.4 1008.31 93.49 93.32 0.18 1.8
Jordan Binnington 26 $4,400,000 STL 42 108.61 110.99 1667.96 93.49 93.35 0.14 2.38
Darcy Kuemper 30 $4,500,000 ARI 27 67.57 66.36 1021.11 93.38 93.5 -0.12 -1.21
Tuukka Rask 33 UFA BOS 24 52.74 51.58 849.42 93.79 93.93 -0.14 -1.16
Elvis Merzlikins 26 $4,000,000 CBJ 28 68.77 66.34 1104.85 93.78 94 -0.22 -2.43
Linus Ullmark 26 UFA BUF 20 49.01 46.75 814.96 93.99 94.26 -0.28 -2.26
James Reimer 32 UFA CAR 22 57.6 54.9 824.43 93.01 93.34 -0.33 -2.7
Antti Raanta 31 UFA ARI 12 38.79 36.88 559.34 93.07 93.41 -0.34 -1.91
Jake Allen 29 $2,875,000 MTL 29 76.5 72.25 1141.19 93.3 93.67 -0.37 -4.25
Kevin Lankinen 25 $800,000 CHI 37 109.43 102.86 1570.93 93.03 93.45 -0.42 -6.57
Alexandar Georgiev 24 $2,425,000 NYR 19 43.97 40.78 667.65 93.41 93.89 -0.48 -3.19
Cam Talbot 32 $3,666,667 MIN 33 85.82 79.09 1407.31 93.9 94.38 -0.48 -6.73
Thomas Greiss 34 $3,600,000 DET 34 78.47 71.91 1250.72 93.73 94.25 -0.52 -6.56
Vitek Vanecek 24 $716,667 WSH 37 94.48 86.03 1441.9 93.45 94.03 -0.59 -8.45
Tristan Jarry 25 $3,500,000 PIT 39 99.05 89.92 1439.4 93.12 93.75 -0.63 -9.13
Braden Holtby 30 $4,300,000 VAN 21 76.98 68.37 1000.88 92.31 93.17 -0.86 -8.61
Anton Khudobin 34 $3,333,333 DAL 32 76.42 66.13 1134.39 93.26 94.17 -0.91 -10.29
Jaroslav Halak 35 UFA BOS 19 46.28 38.92 676.46 93.16 94.25 -1.09 -7.36
Frederik Andersen 30 UFA TOR 24 70.24 59.05 928.64 92.44 93.64 -1.2 -11.19
Joonas Korpisalo 26 $2,800,000 CBJ 33 96.68 77.96 1258.57 92.32 93.81 -1.49 -18.72

I’ve sorted this list (all data is from Evolving Hockey) by Delta Save % or the difference between the save percentage on unblocked shots and the Expected %. It gives a good broad-strokes measure of who was good. From the top then:

Petr Mrazek: has been playing the tandem/mentor role in Carolina and they now have no one under contract. He’s available and worth some thought.

Alex Nedeljkovic: Detroit has no reason to move him until they’ve got proof he’s good, and the price goes up, or they keep him. Not available.

Chris Driedger: Seattle made a fuss over him and re-signed him. I think he’s their starter for now.

Jack Campbell: Toronto wants him to repeat these results and can’t clone him.

Casey DeSmith: Pittsburgh has no reason to move him.

Thatcher Demko: Good on a terrible team and still young, not moving.

Juuse Saros: Now a starter.

Ilya Sorokin: Their future, they hope.

Philipp Grubauer: Hard to picture a world where he’s not re-signed, but you never know.

Igor Shesterkin: Their future, they hope.

Cal Petersen: Next one after Quick, not available.

Jonathan Bernier: UFA now owned by Carolina, but no deal has been made, so available.

Jordan Binnington: Not moving.

Darcy Kuemper: Definitely a candidate.

Tuukka Rask: Heading to surgery, and is likely on the Bruins or not playing.

Elvis Merzlikins: Columbus has been said to be moving one of their goalies for two years, so yes.

Ullmark, Reimer, Raanta: all available UFAs

Jake Allen: of course not

Kevin Lankinen: Chicago has no reason to move him.

Alexandar Georgiev: Absolutely available.

Cam Talbot: Doubt anyone would take him, but I said that last year.

Thomas Greiss: May be available if he’s tired of losing.

Vitek Vanecek: Not very likely, but Seattle might flip him if they add someone over Driedger.

Tristan Jarry: Pittsburgh’s other half of their tandem, and seemingly the one they like better, so no.

Braden Holtby: very available.

Anton Khudobin: Not likely.

Halak and Andersen: Both available, and Halak is not interested in re-signing in Boston.

Joonas Korpisalo: coming off a very bad year, he’s likely who the Blue Jackets want to move.

That’s 15 names left, using a liberal definition of available.

15 Possible Choices

Player Age 2021 Contract Team GP GA xGA FA FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Player Age 2021 Contract Team GP GA xGA FA FSv% xFSv% dFSv% GSAx
Petr Mrazek 28 UFA CAR 12 23.1 33.83 422.61 94.53 91.99 2.54 10.73
Philipp Grubauer 28 UFA COL 40 76.5 80.76 1336.1 94.27 93.96 0.32 4.26
Jonathan Bernier 31 UFA DET 24 65.6 67.4 1008.31 93.49 93.32 0.18 1.8
Darcy Kuemper 30 $4,500,000 ARI 27 67.57 66.36 1021.11 93.38 93.5 -0.12 -1.21
Elvis Merzlikins 26 $4,000,000 CBJ 28 68.77 66.34 1104.85 93.78 94 -0.22 -2.43
Linus Ullmark 26 UFA BUF 20 49.01 46.75 814.96 93.99 94.26 -0.28 -2.26
James Reimer 32 UFA CAR 22 57.6 54.9 824.43 93.01 93.34 -0.33 -2.7
Antti Raanta 31 UFA ARI 12 38.79 36.88 559.34 93.07 93.41 -0.34 -1.91
Alexandar Georgiev 24 $2,425,000 NYR 19 43.97 40.78 667.65 93.41 93.89 -0.48 -3.19
Thomas Greiss 34 $3,600,000 DET 34 78.47 71.91 1250.72 93.73 94.25 -0.52 -6.56
Vitek Vanecek 24 $716,667 WSH 37 94.48 86.03 1441.9 93.45 94.03 -0.59 -8.45
Braden Holtby 30 $4,300,000 VAN 21 76.98 68.37 1000.88 92.31 93.17 -0.86 -8.61
Jaroslav Halak 35 UFA BOS 19 46.28 38.92 676.46 93.16 94.25 -1.09 -7.36
Frederik Andersen 30 UFA TOR 24 70.24 59.05 928.64 92.44 93.64 -1.2 -11.19
Joonas Korpisalo 26 $2,800,000 CBJ 33 96.68 77.96 1258.57 92.32 93.81 -1.49 -18.72

My hard nos are: Bernier, Reimer, Greiss, Mrazek and Holtby for combinations of age, injury history and recent results. I know Bernier looked good in Detroit, but I don’t buy that as indicative of what he can do in serious games the team is trying to win.

I assume Andersen and Grubauer will command too much either relative to their value or the Leafs budget.

I think the real choices are:

Ullmark, Kuemper, Raanta, Georgiev, Halak and Korpisalo.

And given the contract status, the likely trade cost, and their chances of being good enough, I’d order that list as:

Georgiev: heavily contingent on the trade cost, but likely worth an amount that would make everyone very upset. Recent rumours indicate that the Rangers early very high price has come down some. His dFSv% over five seasons (or the portion he played) is 0.23. Jack Campbell is 0.28.

Halak: He’s done this job very well, but his age is the question. dFSv% over five seasons is 0.03.

Ullmark: If his bad years are mostly Buffalo-itis, then he’s still a big gamble. dFSv% over five seasons is -0.61.

Kuemper: The AAV is way too high, but he’s been good enough for the task. dFSv% over five seasons is 0.2.

Korpisalo: Really wide variation in results, but maybe. dFSv% over five seasons is -0.91.

Raanta: depends on the cost, and if he even really wants to leave Arizona. dFSv% over five seasons is 0.62.

Who do you like and why? I know Ullmark is a popular choice, but he’s seems like he’s getting more than Mr. 23 Games as a UFA, so he’ll cost Kuemper money without the track record. AAV is why the asset price of Georgiev might just be worth paying as well as why Grubauer is way out of reach.

The Leafs should have another goalie by noon on Wednesday. If they don’t, then Frederik Andersen’s agent may just give Kyle Dubas first refusal on whatever he’s been offered elsewhere. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that or to a game of chicken with trade partners that lasts all summer.