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The Goalie Unemployment Line



blog-0950134001413347934.pngBecause of the salary cap hockey world, and the abundance of quality goalies, a few quality veteran goalies have been left unemployed. Martin Bordeur, Tomas Vokoun, and Ilya Bryzgalov are all at home watching hockey and waiting for a team to call them.

Martin Brodeur

The Hall of Fame is waiting for him to retire, but when will it happen. He is by far the biggest name goalie that is a free agent, but I believe he is probably the least likely to find a team to finish the year with. The options are very limited for Brodeur, and his play has been very suspect. He will always be remembered as one of the greats, but his time to retire has come. I do not see Brodeur getting the opportunity he is hoping for, to play for a cup contender. It is time to retire, and you will always be remembered as one of the greats.

Tomas Vokoun

Although he is one of the oldest goalies available his recent injury troubles have limited his opportunities. Last season he missed most of the season with blood clot issues. He is intent on playing, but is hoping to find the right situation to thrive in. He may be a good fit for a team looking to find a veteran to mentor a young goalie. I just have a hard time believing that a team will give him a chance based on his recent injury troubles.

Ilya Bryzgalov

The Minnesota Wild gave him a preseason tryout this year, but ended up releasing him. He was actually very good for the Wild last season, and may be a player they will regret letting go if goaltender issues do not start to work out for them this season. He is by far the best veteran goalie looking for a new home, but teams are very hesitant to sign him. Last season he split time between Minnesota and Edmonton, and posted an impressive .923 save percentage. I really thought that Winnipeg would be a great new home for him, but that did not happen. He is a very interesting, and sometimes off the wall guy, but I do think he could help a few teams. I look at him getting signed again this year, and the hockey world shaking their heads again.

*Photo used with permission of Getty Images

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The problem with Breezy is that he is not a bad goalie, he is just unreliable and a flake. While you don't want a player that is wound too tight, you also don't want a player that is too loose- and that is exactly what Iyla is. Win or lose, ho hum, gonna go watch monkeys go into space.

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Funny stat on Vokoun and Ilya Bryzgalov

All time NHL goaltenders list for save %

Vokoun 9th - 0.917

Bryzgalov 22nd - 0.913

Brodeur - 25th 0.912

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