Article at a glance:
from David Satriano of NHL.com,
NHL.com takes a closer look at the top unrestricted free agent goalies expected to be available when the market opens July 28 (listed in alphabetical order):
Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs
The 31-year-old played 24 games, the fewest in his eight NHL seasons, because of a lower-body injury and was 13-8-3 with a career-worst 2.96 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. Andersen had won at least 20 games and had a save percentage of at least .909 in each of his previous seven NHL seasons. In 393 regular-season games (381 starts) for the Anaheim Ducks and Maple Leafs, Andersen is 226-100-48 with a 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage and 19 shutouts, and 27-23 with a 2.55 GAA, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 53 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Jonathan Bernier, Detroit Red Wings
The 32-year-old was one of the bright spots for the Red Wings this season, going 9-11-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts). He has made at least 30 starts in each of his previous seven full NHL seasons and is capable of being a starter or backup. Bernier is 161-159-39 with a 2.77 GAA, .913 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 394 regular-season games (355 starts) for the Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leafs, Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and Red Wings. He is 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games (five starts), winning the Stanley Cup with the Kings as the backup to Jonathan Quick in 2012.
Chris Driedger, Florida Panthers
The 27-year-old was 14-6-3 with a 2.07 GAA, .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 games, his first full NHL season. Driedger could be expendable with 20-year-old Spencer Knight emerging late this season as the successor to Sergei Bobrovsky, who has five seasons remaining on his contract. After it took the third-round pick (No. 76) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Draft more than seven years to make his first NHL start, Driedger has performed well in a limited sample size. He is 21-9-4 with a 2.09 GAA, .929 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 regular-season games (34 starts) for the Senators and Panthers.