Thursday, November 3, 2011

Pekka Rinne To Become Highest Paid NHL Goaltender

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has signed a 7 year $49 million contract extension that will make him the highest paid player at his position next season. This certainly can't be considered a bargain price, but it is a fair price because you can easily argue that he is the best young goaltender in the NHL. $7M per season only puts him slightly ahead of Henrik Lundqvist. Unlike Bryzgalov, this contract is not front loaded, with Ilya making $10M this season and $1.2M in the last year. Rinne will make $7M in the 7th year of this deal. The only potential downside of the deal is that it will eat up a significant portion of Nashville's limited budget, with Ryan Suter and Shea Weber still to be signed long-term. Suter and Weber make Rinne better. Brodeur was not as good without Stevens and Neidermayer.

Here's the top ten list of NHL goalie salary cap hits for the 2011/12 season according to capgeek.

RankPlayerTeamCap hit
1.Lundqvist, HenrikNYR6,875,000
2.Ward, CamCAR6,300,000
3.Miller, RyanBUF6,250,000
4.Backstrom, NiklasMIN6,000,000
5.Kiprusoff, MiikkaCGY5,833,333
6.Bryzgalov, IlyaPHI5,666,667
7.Huet, CristobalCHI5,625,000
8.Luongo, RobertoVAN5,333,333
9.Brodeur, MartinNJD5,200,000
10.Thomas, TimBOS5,000,000

Last  year's ranking for goalie save percentage was:

1.Tim ThomasBOS570.9382.00
2.Pekka RinneNSH640.9302.12
3.Roberto LuongoVAN600.9282.11
4.Jonas HillerANA490.9242.56
5.Semyon VarlamovWSH270.9242.23
6.Cam WardCAR740.9232.56
6.Carey PriceMTL720.9232.35
7.Henrik LundqvistNYR680.9232.28
9.Tomas VokounFLA570.9222.55
10.Ilya BryzgalovPHX680.9212.48

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