As the NHL free agent signing period approaches, there are many teams in need of a novice goalkeeper or in the market for a backup.
NHL.com takes a closer look at the best unrestricted free-agent goalkeepers expected to be available when the market opens on July 13 (listed in alphabetical order):
Jack CampbellToronto Maple Leafs
In his first season, the 30-year-old was 31-9-6 with a 2.64 GAA, .914 savings and five lockouts in 49 games (47 starts) for the Maple Leafs. He also went 3-4 with 3.15 GAA and .897 savings and one closing in seven playoffs. Campbell is 71-39-14 with a 2.53 GAA, .916 savings percentage and nine closings in 135 regular season games (125 starts) for the Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, and Dallas Stars. He is 6-8 with a 2.45 GAA and .915 savings percentage in 14 Stanley Cup games.
Casey DesmithPittsburgh penguins
The 30-year-old was an 11-6-5 with 2.79 GAA, .914 savings and three stops in 26 games (24 starts) for the Penguins this season. with Tristan Garry After his injury, he also started the first game of the first round of the Eastern Conference against the New York Rangers and made 48 saves on 51 shots before leaving with a major muscle injury requiring surgery on May 6. Desmith, who will be ready to start training. Camp, 43-28-11 with a 2.67 GAA and .915 savings percentage and nine closings in 96 regular season games (82 starts).
Marc-Andre FleuryMinnesota Wild
The 37-year-old, arguably the best goalkeeper available, was a 28-23-5 with a 2.90 GAA, 0.908 save percentage and four finishes in 56 starts with the Wild and Chicago Blackhawks this season. He went 2-3 with 3.04 GAA and .906 save percentage in five playoffs. Florey, who won the Visina Cup as the league’s best goalkeeper in 2020-21, is 520-299-85 with two draws, 2.57 GAA, 0.913 saves and 71 finishes in 939 games (914 starts) for the Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights, Blackhawks and Wilds. He is also 92-73 with 2.54 GAA, .912 saves and 12 closes in 167 playoffs (165 starts), including Stanley Cup wins with the Penguins in 2009, 2016 and 2017.
Thomas GraceDetroit Red Wings
The 36-year-old has proven to be a solid goalkeeper throughout his career, having played at least 20 games in each of the past nine seasons. This season, he’s been 10-15-1 with 3.66 GAA and .891 savings in 31 games (28 starts) with the Red Wings. Greiss is 155-120-37 with 2.72 GAA, .912 savings and 15 closings in 347 games (307 starts) for the Red Wings, Islanders, Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks. He’s also 7-8 with a 2.43 GAA, .922 saving and one closing in 17 playoffs (14 starts).
Braden HoltbyDallas Stars
The 32-year-old was 10-10-1 with 2.78 GAA and 0.913 saves in 24 games (22 starts) for the stars but did not play the final two months of the season or in the playoffs due to a low body injury. Holtby, the 2015-16 Vesena Cup winner, is 299-143-50 with a 2.59 GAA, 0.915 savings and 35 closings in 513 games (501 starts) for the Stars, Vancouver Canucks and Washington Capitals. He’s also 50-47 with a 2.13 GAA, .926 savings percentage, and seven finishes in 97 playoffs (96 starts), including a Stanley Cup win with Washington in 2018.
Phil HosoSt. Louis Blues
The 27-year-old took charge of the Blues in the second half of the season and finished 25-7-6 with 2.56 GAA, .919 savings and two closings in 40 regular season games (38 starts). However, it was 2-5 with 3.67 GAA and .890 percentage saves in the playoffs and replaced as a starter until Jordan Bennington He was wounded in the second session of the Western Conference. In two National Hockey League seasons, Hosu is 34-13-7 with 2.74 GAA, .912 savings, and three lockouts in 57 games (53 starts).
Martin JonesPhiladelphia Flyers
The 32-year-old was 12-18-3 with 3.42 GAA and 0.900 savings in 35 games (33 starts) for the Flyers, who allowed for the sixth most goals per game (3.59) during the regular season. Jones has spent time as a starter and backer in his career, having played at least 34 games in each of the past seven seasons. He is 198-150-32 with 2.68 GAA and .907 saves and 25 closes in 396 regular season games (388 starts) for the Flyers and Sharks and Kings, and 32-27 with 2.37 GAA and .917 saves in 62 playoffs ( 60 matches). Jones won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2014 as a backup Jonathan Quick.
Darcy ComberColorado avalanche
If he didn’t quit because of the avalanche, Kuemper would probably have a lot of teams interested. The 32-year-old, who was acquired in a commercial deal with the Arizona Coyotes last season after losing to Colorado Philip Grubauer In free agency, the score was 37-12-4 with 2.54 GAA, .921 savings and five lockouts in 57 regular season games. He was also 10-4 with 2.57 GAA and .902 savings and one closing in 16 playoffs, helping Avalanche win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001. Kuemper is 143-95-36 with 2.48 GAA,. 918 savings percentage and 25 closeouts in 299 regular season games (282 starts) for Avalanche, Wolves, Kings and Wilds, 17-10 with 2.72 GAA, 908 savings and two in 34 playoffs (30 starts).
Kevin LankinenChicago Blackhawks
The 27-year-old has been 8-15-6 with 3.50 GAA and 891 savings in 32 games (29 starts) for the Black Hawks this season. Lankinen, who started most games after trading Fleury, is 25-29-11 with 3.23 GAA, .901 saves and two in 69 games (66 starts).