Just like every single other year, we have plenty of goalie movement and some familiar faces wearing unfamiliar colors. Here’s who to look out for this season to see how they do on their new team.
After 4 seasons with the Arizona Coyotes where he really made a name for himself, Darcy Kuemper was traded to Colorado for a 1st-round pick, a 4th-round pick, and defenseman Conor Timmins. Kuemper will now be on a Stanley Cup contending team. He has playoff experience, but this year could be his first opportunity to make a deep run into the postseason. We already know Kuemper is an excellent goaltender after contributing so much for the Arizona Coyotes. Imagine how well he will do on an even better team like the Avalanche. He could even have a shot at the Vezina Trophy depending on how the season goes.
Newly acquired by the Boston Bruins, the Swedish goaltender signed a 4-year contract, paying him $5 million per year. Like most years, the Bruins are very good and we can expect them to at least make the playoffs for the 6th year in a row. Ullmark’s previous team was the Buffalo Sabres who have not only failed to qualify for the playoffs for the last 10 seasons, but they haven’t finished higher than 6th in their division since 2013. It’s safe to say Linus Ullmark will be an upgrade in Buffalo. Remember back in 2018 when Robin Lehner was on the Sabres and everyone thought he was bad? Now he’s doing great for himself in Vegas. What if joining the Bruins is just what Ulmark needs to have a big year?
The Danish goaltender was signed to the Carolina Hurricanes for 2 years, paying him $4.5 million. It will be him and Antti Raanta in the Carolina crease. After spending the better part of 5 years as a starter in the biggest hockey market in the world, Anderson might need a little less pressure and attention. The Hurricanes are still without a doubt a playoff team. Although Anderson lost his starting job to Jack Campbell in Toronto, he has a chance to be a starter and prove he belongs in the NHL as one.
After being bought out by the team he brought to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2016, Martin Jones signed a 1-year, $2 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. It will be him and Carter Hart splitting duties between the pipes. These last couple years have not been easy for Jones, the San Jose Sharks have been on the decline since losing to the St Louis Blues in the 2019 Conference Finals. This will be a fresh start after spending 6 seasons in San Jose. At 31 years old, Martin Jones still has lots of hockey in him. Despite a couple tough years, he has plenty of bounce-back-ability.
He is best known for the Jets losing him on waivers at the start of the season and then gaining him back by picking him up on waivers – not once, but TWICE. However, this year, it does not look like Comrie will be waived. It will likely be him backing up Connor Hellebuyck. In his first season with a full-time roster spot, it will be a big test for him. In case Comrie doesn’t play as well as we might hope, his goalie partner is an absolute workhorse and leads the league in games played in three of the last four seasons and will probably have no problem taking on a big load, for now.