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Goaltenders on the move in free agency 

Goalies on the move?

Thomas Greiss to the Red Wings: This one is very important for the Red Wings.  This past season former Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard fell off of a cliff.  With that in mind the Red Wings needed a new number one goaltender and got in Thomas Greiss.  Thomas is a competent goaltender who can improve the system.  My only concern is that Detroit’s defense was a dumpster fire last year and as a result it will be harder for Greiss to succeed.  It will be a very different experience for Greiss in Detroit because where he came from was one of the best defensive teams in the league.  So we will get to see what he is made of in a bad situation.


Braden Holtby to the Vancouver Canucks: So the Canucks lost Markstrom.  If at all possible I would have held on to him as he did very well this season and was considered by some to be a dark horse Vezina candidate.  However, you now go out and get yourself a former Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby.  I like this move, bringing one of the best goalies of the last decade onto your team even after a bad year statistically could be a good move for the organization.  Even though Holtby had a down year he is a great goaltender and could rebound come the 2020-2021 season.  In fact the last time Braden Holtby had a great year in save percentage was the year before the Capitals won the Stanley Cup.  For reference that does mean it’s possible to still win even without great stats during the regular season.


Jacob Markstrom to the Calgary Flames: Good move.  Granted, the Flames have David Rittich but Jacob Markstrom is a solid goaltender who will be of help to the Flames organization and I am unsure Rittich is a number one goaltender right now.  Hopefully for the Flames with Markstrom in net they will be able to have greater success this year than they did in this previous one.  They seemed stalled for much of the year along with the other Pacific Division teams and they could have taken advantage of the situation but were never able to.


Cam Talbot to the Minnesota Wild: From what I saw from Cam Talbot during the playoffs this last year, he was fantastic.  If he can come into form during his time with the Wild they stand a better chance of making the playoffs coming this season.  


Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators:  Matt was in an interesting state this last year.  His save percentage took a huge dip going from .919 to .899.  The Penguins as a whole haven’t had as much success in the playoffs in the past two years and by that I mean almost none.  Will Matt turn back into the former Stanley Cup champion?  It is unknown.  The problem is he isn’t helping himself out by heading to the Senators at least not from an organization’s health perspective.  It remains to be seen but similar to the Red Wings and Thomas Greiss I wouldn’t be surprised to find Murray still hasn’t returned to form while in Ottawa due to the team he is on now.


Corey Crawford to the New Jersey Devils: Corey is a prior Stanley Cup champion and hopefully for the Devils that transfers to his play in NJ.  This is the first time he has played with a new team and he is hoping to continue his better form in a new venue.  

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