I have been doing a lot of research on slumping NHL goalies this season, and for most of them I came up with an answer. But for some, it’s still a mystery to me and the rest of the hockey world.
This list consists of goalies in the NHL who I believe are among the worst considering their status in the NHL and their contract.
5: James Reimer ( .900 SV% – .900 GAA)
People have to understand Reimer is still a young goalie in the NHL. He played great last season, 37 GP, 20W, 10L, .921 SV%, 2.60GAA.
But since his injury this season, Reimer has not been aggressive in the net. Too many times he is getting caught too deep in the net, allowing shooters to rip one past him up high.
Give him time, and he will be right up there with the elite goaltenders in the NHL.
4: Dwayne Roloson ( .881 SV % – 3.76 GAA)
Look the bottom line with Roloson is this. He was playing in another world last season when he came to Tampa Bay. Now this season he is back to reality. It’s time he retires, not many goaltenders can be like Tim Thomas at this age. Yes I know, Roloson is older than Thomas.
3: Jonas Hiller ( .898 SV % – 3.17 GAA)
Many people are clueless about Jonas Hiller. I’m here to say, I told you so! I said it in the off season and I am going to say it again. Those vertigo symptoms he suffered last season are either still on his mind, or he is still going through symptoms.
Ever since that injury, Hiller has not been his normal self. Sure you can say he is afraid of going through those vertigo symptoms again, but only Hiller knows for sure if that’s the case.
The good news though for Hiller, it’s not just him who is slumping on this Ducks team. The whole team is a mess, a new coach, and adding all these trade rumors regarding their captain just adds to the fire.
I don’t expect Hiller to turn his game around, until the team as a whole turns this horrific season around.
2: Ryan Miller ( .900 SV % – 3.05 GAA)
There is something about Miller that I have noticed. Since the Winter Classic game where Sidney Crosby scored against him in the shootout, giving the Penguins the win, Miller has just not been himself. Then to add more fuel to the fire, Crosby once again scored on Miller in OT at the Winter Olympics. I’m not too sure if this is still boggling in his mind, but be assured, it’s on his mind at least once a week. Wouldn’t it be on your mind?
It’s time Miller clears his mind and starts a new chapter in his career. His team is slumping, sure there were many new acquisition’s in the off-season, but Miller can be the hero in the second half. If he just plays his style of hockey.
I personally don’t expect him to get it together the second half of the season, I expect Jhonas Enroth to steal the show.
1: Ilya Bryzgalov ( .890 SV% – 3.05 GAA)
There are several things with Bryzgalov that I believe are wrong with him.
Number one, this is his first NHL career season playing in the Eastern Conference, facing shooters he has not seen much over in the Western Conference. But considering the goals he has been giving up this season, it looks like a high school kid could rip one past him. So this is not an excuse.
Two, the HBO cameras have been in his face for a month, and as we all know, he is not camera shy. But again, this is no excuse.
Third, is he really one of those players who got the BIG contract, and just does not care anymore? He’s getting paid, right? I’ve seen too many skilled players/goalies get this outrageous contract and NEVER live up to what they could be doing. Sometimes they just slump in the first season or two, sometimes they slump the entire time under the contract.
I don’t believe this is the case for Ilya, I expected him to slump his first season in Philly, but he should rebound. But until he does, he is our number one most horrific goalie in the NHL right now, considering his status as an NHL goalie and his contract.
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