Rick Mutton, Port Perry, Ont.
Goaltender salaries are looking interesting. Based on the salaries from the THN depth charts and the standings as Nov. 23, here are some interesting stats:
The average team goalie salary of the top three teams in each conference is $2.408 million. The average team goalie salary of the bottom three ranked teams in each conference is $5.947 million.
The teams ranked No. 1-4 in each conference have eight of the top 10 lowest goalie team payrolls. Of the 10 teams with the lowest team goalie payrolls, only Atlanta is not in a playoff spot currently.
Of the 10 teams with the highest team goalie payrolls, only the Rangers (sixth in the conference) and Boston (seventh in the conference) are currently in a playoff position currently.
It doesn't look great for UFA goalies like J-S Giguere for next year. Nor for teams like the Islanders who have a huge millstone around their neck.