For many years Boston Bruins fans have had the luxury of enjoying the best goaltending tandem in the NHL. In this post, we will review three free-agents who would impact the Bruins goaltending situation. With another short season, fans wonder if this will be Tuukka Rask’s last. As it stands now, backup Jaroslav Halak is locked up for another year. And after this year, Rask is a free agent. If Rask does choose free agency it will hurt the organization severely.
Bruins Goaltending Free Agent Targets
The long-time Toronto Maple Leafs netminder is a personal favorite of mine. Reason number one is Andersen has played in the difficult Atlantic division. With clubs facing realignment, Andersen would be a perfect fit in Boston.
The seven-year veteran has logged 244 regular-season games and 53 playoff games. An impressive .917% and 2.63 GAA would be worth the gamble. He has been criticized heavily by Toronto fans.
Early in the season, Andersen was pulled twice in three games for letting too many goals in. If Boston can keep its defense together he would be an excellent choice.
This would be an ideal Bruins signing. Currently, Binnington is in the middle of a two-year deal for an estimated $8.8 million. $8 million of that is guaranteed. He already has a Stanley Cup under his 2017-2018 victory over Boston.
In 2019-2020 Binnington played in 50 games establishing a 30-13 record. With a .917 save% and 2.31 GAA, he may be just the player to replace Rask. Unless Rask remains with the Bruins, it may be quite a while before a suitable replacement is found.
At one time Binnington was the property of the Bruins. In the 2017-2018 season, he was assigned to the Providence Bruins before the organization released him. Later that season, he was wearing a Stanley Cup ring in his amazing triumph over the Bruins.
My third choice is the current Bruins backup. Last year, Halak was thrown into the fire when Rask left the bubble. In two seasons with the Bruins, Halak has been a significant backup. If he plays half the amount of games this year, he will be rewarded a big contract. On a good team, he is a number one backup.
In two years with the Bruins, Halak has a solid .902 save% and a 2.76 GAA. With a 37-37 career playoff record, the Bruins may just be wise to hang on to him. With no prospects ready, the club needs to have some insurance.
Over the summer, the team and Rask agreed to a one-year $4.75 million deal. He would also serve as a great teacher for the Bruin’s younger netminders in Providence.
After the season, the Bruins management has crucial decisions to make. Whoever Rask chooses, someone will have to pay him, as well as Halak. If both players leave, the team has no one ready in Providence.
Longtime Providence goalie Maxime Lagace signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the summer. Unless a trade is made for an experienced netminder, the Bruins are in for a tough future. The Bruins had a dismal offseason, with the only major acquisition being winger Craig Smith from the Nashville Predators. If Booth can stay healthy in Providence he would provide some depth. Booth is a long time minor leaguer originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes.
In 2017, the Bruins selected Swayman with the 111th pick. He is expected to compete in Providence as the number one goalie with Vlador backing him up. Last season against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoffs, Vlador was called up to back up Rask.
If one of these goalies gets a future call up, it will never be the same as Bruins fans experienced with names such as Tim Thomas, Rask, and Halak.
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