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Breaking Down The Top Free Agent Goaltenders

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
With free agency starting on July 1 and the Panthers with money to spend, Panthers broadcasters Randy Moller, Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will break down the free agent class with their top five lists (top 10 for defensemen). will unveil the lists over the next two weeks. The Panthers free agents were not included in their lists.

Following the release of the top centers on June 20th, left wings were unveiled on June 22nd, right wings were unveiled on June 24th, defensemen on June 27th and finally goaltenders on June 29th.

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*Lists were compiled in the third week of June. Player has resigned with team since then.


Ray Emery
Mike Smith
Johan Hedberg

Randy Moller's Top 5 Goaltenders

1. Jeff Deslauriers: The 27-year old notched pretty good numbers on a horrible Oilers team. Lots of interest here.
2. Dwayne Roloson*: The 41-year old was impressive in Tampa, especially in the playoffs. Posted 10-6 record with .924 save percentage and 2.51 goals against average in Lightning's run to Conference Finals.
3. Mike Smith: Not a lot of opportunity this season with Roloson between the pipes but played well for Bolts, going 13-6-1 in 22 games.
4. Ray Emery: Still reasonably young at 28-years old, posted 7-2-0 record in 10 games with Ducks past year despite coming back from injury. Had .926 save percentage.
5. Josh Harding: Definitely not a lot of opportunity in play as was backup to Nicklas Backstrom for past few seasons. Has posted .960, .908, .929 and .905 save percentage in past four seasons..

Steve Goldstein's Top 5 Goaltenders

1. Dwayne Roloson*: Father time hasn't caught up to him. Great for Tampa in postseason. Can still play at high level. Great conditioning is a key.
2. Ray Emery: Remember him? Four years ago Emery was in net for Ottawa in the Cup Finals. A backup at this point in career. 
3. Matthieu Garon: Depth goalie that can get hot and carry a team for short periods of time.
4. Johan Hedberg: The Moose is loose and would serve as good backup, especially for a team with a younger starter as he can get hot.
5. Mike Smith: Spent last four seasons in Tampa organization, posting respectable numbers. Sat behind Roloson after the goalie was picked up this season.

Bill Lindsay's Top 5 Goaltenders

1. Marty Turco: 34-yrs old and seems to be close to be done. Had some great years in Dallas. Went to Chicago last year where he lost his starting job to rookie Corey Crawford. He was a great mentor for Crawford unfortunately that might be all he is now.
2. Jean-Sebastian Giguere: Another 34-year old that has played extremely well until rather recently. Backstopping Ducks to 2007 Stanley Cup ring, is now a backup if not done. Did play in 33 games this past season for Maple Leafs.
3. Johan Hedberg: Played well in New Jersey this past season backing up Martin Brodeur. Got into 34 games where went 15-12-2 with three shutouts. Had .912 save percentage.
4. Mike Smith: Was once thought as a number one guy but might be suited as a good backup. Worked behind Roloson after being acquired and did fairly well this past season in Tampa.
5. Dwayne Roloson*: Could he still hold up at 41/42-years old? Had a successful post-season that will get a team to sign him to contract once again.
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