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Fantasy: Top 25 goalie rankings for July

Frederik Andersen, John Gibson emerge as No. 1s in Toronto, Anaheim

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

The NHL season is more than three months away, but there already have been several goalies traded and signed, making for some uncertain situations as fantasy owners get started on their offseason homework.

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally got their No. 1 goalie when they acquired Frederik Andersen in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on June 20. Andersen signed a five-year contract with Toronto and fills a big void. He was 22-9-7 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 43 games (37 starts) for Anaheim last season. In his career, he's 77-26-12 with a 2.33 GAA, .918 save percentage and six shutouts. The addition of No. 1 draft pick Auston Matthews should help the Maple Leafs offense, and Andersen should surpass his previous career high of 54 games.

The Andersen trade also means John Gibson's stock should rise in Anaheim, even after the Ducks traded for backup Jonathan Bernier on Friday. Gibson, who made the NHL All-Star Game last season, started 38 games and won 21 with a 2.07 GAA, .920 SV% and four shutouts. He proved he is capable of handling the load and should see an increase in starts for the Ducks, whose deep offense thrived last season after a tough stretch early on.

Another big name on the move was Brian Elliott, traded to the Calgary Flames from the St. Louis Blues. Calgary did not retain any of their four goalies it used last season. Elliott was 23-8-6 with a 2.07 GAA (tied for second in the League) and a .930 SV% (first) in 38 starts, splitting time with Jake Allen.

Elliott now becomes the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary, where he has offensive stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and defensemen Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie to help his cause. Elliott also had an impressive run in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, helping the Blues reach the Western Conference Final.

Video: SJS@STL, Gm2: Elliott denies two-on-one rush

Marc-Andre Fleury, who ranks third in wins among active goalies (357) behind Roberto Luongo of the Florida Panthers (436) and Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (374), has spent the past 12 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, Fleury's injury last season and the fact rookie Matt Murray helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup makes the fantasy goalie situation in Pittsburgh questionable. Fleury, 31, has started at least 58 games in each of the past seven full NHL seasons, but it appears the future lies with 22-year-old Murray.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year extension (through 2019-20) and Kristers Gudlevskis to a one-year contract. That puts Ben Bishop's status as their long-term No. 1 goalie in question. Bishop has been one of the most dominant goalies League-wide the past two seasons and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season. With an expansion draft coming next year, and this being the final season of Bishop's contract, he has been a subject of trade conversation.

Here's a look at the updated fantasy goalie rankings for standard Yahoo leagues (wins, goals-against average, save percentage, shutouts), along with five players who just missed the cut. This list will continue to be updated leading up to training camp.

1. Braden Holtby, WSH
2. Jonathan Quick, LAK
3. Carey Price, MTL
4. Ben Bishop, TBL
5. Martin Jones, SJS
6. Cory Schneider, NJD
7. Jake Allen, STL
8. Corey Crawford, CHI
9. John Gibson, ANA
10. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
11. Pekka Rinne, NSH
12. Matt Murray, PIT
13. Roberto Luongo, FLA (INJ)
14. Devan Dubnyk, MIN
15. Brian Elliott, CGY
16. Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT
17. Frederik Andersen, TOR
18. Thomas Greiss, NYI
19. Petr Mrazek, DET
20. Michal Neuvirth, PHI
21. Steve Mason, PHI
22. Tuukka Rask, BOS
23. Jaroslav Halak, NYI
24. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
25. James Reimer, FLA

Just missed: Semyon Varlamov (COL), Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ), Connor Hellebuyck (WPG), Robin Lehner (BUF), Cam Talbot (EDM)

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