The 2012 Summer Goalie Market

With a little more than one month to go before the July 1st Unrestricted Free Agents frenzy begins, questions abound regarding the status of quality goaltenders such as Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jonathan Bernier. The teams looking to add a proven netminder, namely the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks, will have plenty of options to fill the void they have in net, whether it is via trade or free agency.

Below you will find a list of the goaltenders most likely to change teams this summer.

The UFAs:

Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur will most likely return with the Devils (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey – 31-21-4, 2.41 GAA, .908 Save % Prediction: will re-sign with the Devils

Tomas Vokoun, Washington – 25-17-2, 2.51 GAA, .917 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and sign in the KHL

Josh Harding, Minnesota – 13-12-4, 2.62 GAA, .917 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive an NHL contract

Scott Clemmensen, Florida – 14-6-6, 2.57 GAA, .913 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive an NHL contract

Martin Biron, New York – 12-6-2, 2.46 GAA, .904 Save % Prediction: will resign with the Rangers

Chris Mason, Winnipeg – 8-7-1, 2.59 GAA, .898 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive a two-way contract

Johan Hedberg, New Jersey – 17-7-2, 2.23 GAA, .918 Save % Prediction: will resign with the Devils

Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto – 17-17-4, 2.92 GAA, .902 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive an NHL contract

Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay – 13-16-3, 3.66 GAA, .886 Save % Prediction: will announce his retirement

Curtis Sanford, Columbus – 10-18-4, 2.60 GAA, .911 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive a two-way contract

Brent Johnson, Pittsburgh – 6-7-2, 3.11 GAA, .883 Save % Prediction: will announce his retirement

Al Montoya, Long Island – 9-11-5, 3.10 GAA, .893 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive an NHL contract

Ty Conklin, Detroit – 5-6-1, 3.28 GAA, .884 Save % Prediction: will announce his retirement

Alex Auld, Ottawa – 2-4-2, 3.35 GAA, .884 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive a two-way contract

Andrew Raycroft, Dallas – 2-8-0, 3.52 GAA, .898 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive a minor-league contract

Dan Ellis, Anaheim – 1-5-0, 2.72 GAA, .911 Save % Prediction: will test free agency and receive a minor-league contract

Michael Leighton, Philadelphia – played in the AHL Prediction: will be re-signed by the Flyers, but at a lower price

Antero Niittymaki, San Jose – played in the AHL Prediction: will sign a contract in Europe

Roberto Luongo says he wants out of Vancouver (carsonballer14/Flickr)

The trade baits:

Roberto Luongo, Vancouver – 31-14-8, 2.41 GAA, .919 Save % Prediction: will be traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Malone, a 2nd round draft pick and a prospect

Tim Thomas, Boston – 35-19-1, 2.36 GAA, .920 Save % Prediction: will be traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ray Emery, Dave Bolland and Kyle Beach

Jonathan Bernier, Los Angeles – 5-6-2, 2.36 GAA, .909 Save % Prediction: will be traded to the New York Islanders with Thomas Hickey for Nino Niederreiter and a 3rd round draft pick

Nikolai Khabibulin, Edmonton – 12-20-7, 2.65 GAA, .910 Save % Prediction: will not find any takers and will remain with the Oilers

Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary – 35-22-11, 2.35, .921 Save % Prediction: will not find any takers and will remain with the Flames

Sergei Bobrovsky, Philadelphia – 14-10-2, 3.02, .899 Save % Prediction: will be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 4th round draft pick and Korbinian Holzer

Boston then trades Ray Emery to Winnipeg for a draft pick.

Potential goaltending duos for next season:

Anaheim Ducks: Jonas Hiller-Viktor Fasth

Boston Bruins: Tuuka Rask-Anton Khudobin

Buffalo Sabres: Ryan Miller-Jhonas Enroth

Calgary Flames: Miikka Kiprusoff-Henrik Karlsson

Carolina Hurricanes: Cam Ward-Brian Boucher

Chicago Blackhawks: Tim Thomas-Corey Crawford

Colorado Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov-J-S Giguere

Columbus Blue Jackets: Josh Harding-Steve Mason

Dallas Stars: Kari Lehtonen-Richard Bachman

Detroit Red Wings: Jimmy Howard-Joey MacDonald

Edmonton Oilers: Devan Dubnyk-Nikolai Khabibulin

Florida Panthers: Jose Theodore-Jacob Markstrom

Los Angeles Kings: Jonathan Quick-Al Montoya

Minnesota Wild: Niklas Backstrom-Scott Clemmensen

Montreal Canadiens: Carey Price-Peter Budaj

Nashville Predators: Pekka Rinne-Anders Lindback

New Jersey Devils: Martin Brodeur-Johan Hedberg

New York Islanders: Jonathan Bernier-Evgeni Nakobov (Rick Dipietro on the disabled list)

New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist-Martin Biron

Ottawa Senators: Craig Anderson-Ben Bishop

Philadelphia Flyers: Ilya Bryzgalov-Michael Leighton

Phoenix Coyotes: Mike Smith-Jason Labarbera

Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury-Curtis Sanford

San Jose Sharks: Antti Niemi-Thomas Greiss

St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak-Brian Elliott

Tampa Bay Lightning: Roberto Luongo-Mathieu Garon

Toronto Maple Leafs: Sergei Bobrovsky-James Reimer

Vancouver Canucks: Corey Schneider-Jonas Gustavsson

Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby-Michal Neuvirth

Winnipeg Jets: Ondrej Pavelec-Ray Emery

This will certainly make for a very interesting summer of speculation and surprises as there will be a lot of movement in front of the crease, starting July 1st, since goaltending has become a major component of successful Stanley Cup teams in recent years. The last four remaining Stanley Cup teams have been relying on top netminders in this year’s playoffs (Brodeur, Quick, Lundqvist and Smith); as a result, most teams that did not have a true #1 goalie this season will be ready to pay a steeper price in order to solidify the most important position in hockey.

Related The Hockey Writers articles:
Trading Thomas: Will the Bruins Deal the Veteran ‘Tender? by Bob Mand

10 Potential Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltenders for 2012-13 by Justin Godfrey

AFTER SOME DISCUSSIONS, I UPDATED THE SPECULATIVE SCHEME IN BOLD. 

I’m looking forward to reading your comments and predictions regarding the above scenario.

Follow Fred Poulin on Twitter for all your 2012 NHL Draft prospect needs and get more information on the NHL.