Prime 10 Overpaid Goalies within the NHL in 2021-22

Within the first of a mini-series masking the top-10 most overpaid gamers at every place, we kick off the primary with goaltenders. That is made up of NHL netminders who’ve been paid a very good quantity however their stats and efficiency haven’t matched. It’s closely relied on the goaltenders’ efficiency from this season, with some carryover from current years.

10. Sergei Bobrovsky ($10 million)

Coming in at tenth is Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers. I point out the workforce proper off the bat as a result of they’re a giant purpose for the numbers he’s put up. A former two-time Vezina Trophy winner and never too previous but, he nonetheless has performed effectively. However his large contract he signed will nonetheless be held over him until he might be within the high three in Vezina voting 12 months after 12 months at this level in his profession.

$10 million for 4 extra years is rather a lot, however that’s generally the worth it’s a must to pay to land an impactful participant in free company. With the flat cap and an excellent workforce the place gamers are going to should be paid, something lower than spectacular and constant isn’t price it with this cash. Possibly if he can take the workforce to the Stanley Cup then he would drop off this record. However for now, regardless of having the very best stat line of any participant on this record for this 12 months with a 2.56 goals-against common (GAA) and a .916 save share (SV%), he’ll proceed to carry a spot.

9. Elvis Merzlikins ($4 million)

Elvis Merzlikins has had nice video games and likewise some unhealthy stretches. He’s on a workforce that not many individuals would’ve thought can be aggressive. He has held his personal and regardless of a excessive GAA of three.40, remains to be sitting at a .904 SV% with two shutouts and a optimistic file.

Elvis Merzlikins, Columbus Blue Jackets (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The rationale he’s a bit decrease on this record with the numbers he has put up this 12 months is as a result of he solely makes $4 million this season, however it goes as much as $5.4 million for 5 seasons after. The opposite purpose as I already talked about is the workforce he performs for compared to among the workforce’s different goaltenders are gifted with enjoying in entrance of.

8. Linus Ullmark ($5 million)

Linus Ullmark hasn’t had the very best of seasons after placing up higher numbers in earlier seasons in his profession on the Buffalo Sabres. He owns a 17-9-1 file however on a workforce just like the Boston Bruins who sit tenth within the league in factors and sixth in targets in opposition to, his stats must be significantly better.

Ullmark has been pushed apart by Jeremy Swayman and isn’t the workforce’s starter anymore. Making $5 million for 3 extra seasons after this one, he’s turning into a reasonably costly 1b or backup for the Bruins. Ullmark had a stretch the place he was bettering his numbers whereas Swayman wasn’t enjoying the very best, however the beginning of the 12 months wasn’t nice and neither has his current play, failing to win two in a row since mid-January.

7. Matt Murray ($6.25 million)

If it wasn’t for a current scorching streak Matt Murray went on, he can be a lot increased on this record. After his abysmal begin to the season that acquired him despatched right down to the American Hockey League (AHL), he acquired the decision as soon as once more and at last received his first recreation of the season on Jan. 13 after going 0-6-0.

Murray went on a streak of 5-2-2, permitting three or extra targets simply twice after doing so in each recreation however one initially of the season. He additionally earned himself a shutout. His final 5 video games have all been losses, however he can’t be guilty for all of them. Regardless of his spectacular streak of 9 video games, he wasn’t with the workforce this season for a few months as a consequence of his poor play, not price it when paying him $6.25 million this 12 months and for 2 extra after.

Matt Murray Ottawa Senators
Matt Murray, Ottawa Senators (Picture by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Murray has a file of 5-11-2 with a 2.78 GAA and a .915 SV%. He’s solely 27 years previous and has loads of time to proceed to show issues round in his profession. If he stays on the trail he’s on since coming back from the AHL, he could also be price a lot of the cash.

6. Mikko Koskinen ($4.5 million)

Mikko Koskinen was overpaid from day one when he was provided a contract he couldn’t refuse after solely enjoying a part of the primary season again in North America with the Edmonton Oilers. He’s a backup goalie and was given starter cash, whereas solely regressing since he first signed his contract.

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Regardless of the wins coming in for him this season, his underlying stats have solely given the Oilers a very good probability to win among the time. If it wasn’t for his current run of 7-0-2, he can be with no shutout, have a sub-.900 SV%, and solely be 12-8-1. However now he has a file of 19-8-3 and has the very best street file within the NHL at 12-2-3, considerably indicative of the workforce enjoying in from of him and having the ability to outscore the opponents. At instances he has proven he’s definitely worth the cash, however it hasn’t usually lasted lengthy and general not price $4.5 million. His contract is over on the finish of the 12 months, so he possible received’t seem on this record subsequent season. He’s the one goaltender showing on this record whose contract is ending.

5. Jordan Binnington ($6 million)

We now have not seen the identical Jordan Binnington that took the St. Louis Blues on his again all the best way to the Stanley Cup simply a few years in the past. He put up common numbers the next two seasons to earn him one other contract, this time at a better AAV (common annual worth) and time period, $6 million for six years. We’re simply in 12 months one of many deal and the workforce has a backup stud in Ville Husso outplaying him and getting paid $750k to take action.

Binnington’s win/loss is just optimistic as a consequence of his workforce enjoying very effectively all-around this season. In solely 14 of his 26 begins, he has posted a SV% over .900, and he has solely had 10 high quality begins (.385 %), effectively under the league common of .530.

With the time period and cash being given to Binnington this 12 months and past, his .904 SV% and three.12 GAA has not been price it, particularly when they will have a tricky time paying Husso after this season and should persist with Binnington.

4. Petr Mrazek ($3.8 million)

Petr Mrazek is one other overpaid backup goaltender that’s having a a lot completely different season than he had for the Carolina Hurricanes. Amongst goalies to have performed a minimum of 14 video games this season, he ranks fifth-worst in SV% with .890. That is on a workforce too that’s fifth within the league primarily based on factors share.

Petr Mrazek, Toronto Maple Leafs
Petr Mrazek, Toronto Maple Leafs (Picture by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos)

Making $3.8 million for this 12 months and two extra, he was introduced in to assist Jack Campbell in Toronto however Campbell took full management of the crease and the workforce overplayed him as a result of Mrazek’s stats had been so underwhelming and he wasn’t in a position to keep wholesome.

Now that Mrazek is again and wholesome, he has been given a bit of extra begins because of the current play of Campbell. Mrazek has not impressed since and regardless of having a file of 9-5-0, he’s had simply three high quality begins and has posted a 3.22 GAA to go together with his low SV% and a minus-6.9 GSAA.

3. Chris Driedger ($3.5 million)

The primary of two Seattle Kraken goaltenders this season, Chris Driedger was imagined to be part of the most effective goalie tandems within the NHL this season with the Kraken placing emphasis on the defensive aspect of the sport by means of the growth draft. That has not been the case, as they’ve been the worst. Regardless of being a backup, they undoubtedly overpaid for Driedger’s companies to function such, paying him $3.5 million for 3 seasons.

Regardless of being 5-8-0, he has simply 4 high quality begins and has a minus-7.3 GSAA (targets saved above common). I discussed above how Koskinen is being overpaid as a backup, however a minimum of he has performed the video games to be thought-about a starter and put up higher numbers. Driedger has a 3.28 GAA and .891 SV%. The Kraken might have undoubtedly made higher selections drafting and selecting their gamers and ensuring to not overpay gamers for too lengthy.

2. Carey Worth ($10.5 million)

Regardless of Carey Worth not dressing for a single recreation this season, his contract and his apparent decline over the previous few years are noticeable. He did take the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Ultimate with a .924 SV%, however he has at all times stepped up when the playoffs have come round. It’s getting there and serving to his workforce get in a very good place to succeed that has grow to be tougher.

The one factor Worth might be blamed for this 12 months isn’t giving the Canadiens extra steady goaltending. Even when he returns, there are nonetheless 4 years remaining on his deal that pay him $10.5 million AAV. Except he can put up Vezina Trophy numbers, that isn’t price it and he’s overpaid for being 35 years previous.

Final season, he barely cracked a .900 SV% on a good Canadiens workforce that had a wholesome Shea Weber in entrance of him whereas enjoying in a weak North Division. Worth additionally ended the common season with a minus-4.3 GSAA, effectively off from his plus-108 profession GSAA. He completed a season unfavorable in that division for simply the fifth time in his profession. The Canadiens are hoping to get Worth again wholesome and in high type, as a result of it will likely be very tough to maneuver that contract if he isn’t enjoying good hockey.

1. Philipp Grubauer ($5.9 million)

Primary on this record, and deservedly so, is Philipp Grubauer, who the Kraken signed for six seasons. He has by far been the worst goaltender this season posting a GSAA of over 10 worse than the following closest netminder. His file is unhealthy, however that will also be attributed to the workforce in entrance of him, whereas his SV% is .888, additionally one of many worst within the NHL.

Philipp Grubauer Seattle Kraken
Philipp Grubauer, Seattle Kraken (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

To be paid this a lot cash and be the worst goaltender statistically within the NHL is why he’s clearly essentially the most overpaid goaltender this season.

Any surprises above? Let me know within the feedback should you agree with the record or who must be switched round.


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