Twenty one teams in the NHL will have new faces in the top two places on their goalie depth chart. Due to all these moves in free agency, we will have the most unexpected lineups such as Braden Holtby with Dallas and Martin Jones in Philadelphia.
The ten teams who will most likely be rolling with the same goalie tandem are, the Blue Jackets, Penguins, Oilers, Capitals, Kings, Blues, Rangers, Islanders, Wild, and the Senators.
The biggest surprise out of these are the Oilers who re-signed 39-year-old veteran, Mike Smith. The contract pays him $2.2 million for the next two seasons whereas Mikko Koskinen will be on the last year of his contract currently paying him $4.5 million per year.
Among those who will have a new loadout in the crease, the most unexpected has to be the Carolina Hurricanes who will now be working with former Leafs goaltender, Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta who played for Arizona last season; both signed in free agency. This came after the Hurricanes allowed both Petr Mrazek and James Reimer walk in free agency. They then traded away rookie of the year finalist, Alex Nedeljkovic, for a 3rd-round pick after being unable to come to a contract agreement with the RFA.
Another surprise includes the Chicago Blackhawks acquiring Vezina Trophy winner, Marc-Andre Fleury, for just a prospect who has yet to see any NHL minutes. At the time this trade was made, Fleury was unsure about whether he would play the 2021-2022 season or retire. It was announced on the Blackhawks’ twitter in a video that he will report to Chicago.
It will take some getting used to watching all these goalies wearing new colors. But it also seemed strange at first seeing Marc-Andre Fleury, not in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform. Part of the Business is the movement of players from team to team, and hockey will play on.