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This season, more than any other year, we are witnessing a changing of the guard, as numerous young stoppers are starting to make a name for themselves.
However, there are only 30 possible starting jobs available in the league, which means some veterans will be losing their jobs and will have to settle for platoon situations, be relegated to backup duty, or, in the case of some, not even have a contract offered.
Here are five goaltenders that have seen their value change and won’t be a factor in your fantasy leagues anymore come next year.
Marty Turco, Dallas
Yes, the veteran is still a Star after the trade deadline, and yes, he’s had some stellar games in the last few weeks, including that outstanding effort against Washington. However, his numbers have been deteriorating for a couple of seasons now, and he isn’t getting any younger.
It is possible that a team like Philadelphia might take a flier on him for next season, but chances are he’ll most likely land in a platoon situation somewhere.
Tim Thomas, Boston
It’s hard to believe that Thomas won the Vezina just last season and now is languishing on the bench for the Bruins this season. At the same time, when your backup is one of the best goaltending prospects in the league, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The development of Tuukka Rask has made Thomas expendable, and it’s hard to see another team taking a chance on that kind of contract and money.
Similar to Turco, he has an outside shot at still starting on a team that is desperate for goaltending, but otherwise, Timmy T will be just a backup going forward.
Jose Theodore, Washington
Despite the fact that he’s been the main man between the pipes for the last couple of seasons on one of the best teams in the league, the writing is on the wall for the former Hart Trophy winner, who will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1. He probably would already be the backup this season if Semyon Varlamov hadn’t gotten hurt earlier in the year.
Theodore hasn’t produced great numbers for several seasons now but still had value in terms of wins. Those will all go out the window come July.
Cristobal Huet, Chicago
Similar to Theodore, Huet is another goaltender considered mediocre for one of the best teams in the NHL. The main difference between Huet and Theodore is that Huet has greater peripheral numbers than Theodore does in Cap-Land.
Despite posting quite solid numbers this season, Huet is considered the Achilles' heel of a strong Hawks team that doesn’t want to see its Cup dreams come crashing to a halt with Huet letting in a weak goal. He will be the go-to guy this postseason, but even if he delivers the Cup, there’s a good chance that Huet will be sent out of here.
Pascal Leclaire, Ottawa
He is only 27 years old, so some might view this as a surprise. However, the astute fantasy owner will realize that the price the Senators paid to acquire the fragile goalie from Columbus last season (forward Antoine Vermette) was not worth it at all.
Leclaire has only played one season that could be considered healthy in five years in the league, and that could be considered an aberration, as he has failed brutally to show any consistency this year.
Brian Elliott has proved that he can carry the load, so Leclaire could really be deemed expendable by the Senators and should be deemed expendable by you going forward.