Best Free Agent Goalie of 2002-2003?

There isn’t a whole deal going on these days in the NHL, so what a great time to consider who won the free agent goaltending race of last summer.
Here are some stats to chew on, as up to date as I could find:

Ed Belfour: 35GP, 20-12-3, 2.07GAA, 0.920SV%, 5SO

Contract: $13.5 million over two years

Curtis Joseph: 34GP, 17-10-5, 2.48GAA, 0.910SV%, 3SO

Contract: $24 million over three years

Byron Dafoe: 13GP, 3-9-1, 4.12GAA, 0.867SV%, 0SO

Contract: $1.5 million with $3.5 million option for next year

Please realize this isn’t a question of who of Detroit, Toronto, or Atlanta is better, I think we can all agree that Detroit should win the Cup. This is a question of who is getting better value for the dollars they spend on their goaltender?

As a Leaf fan, I think Belfour was the best signing.

The Leafs got off to a slow start (but Belfour missed a handful of games) but have rebounded with Belfour between the pipes. As of this past weekend the Leafs were in the middle of the conference and tied or not far behind teams like New Jersey, Philly, Boston and Washington.

Belfour has more wins, a lower GAA, a higher SV% and more shutouts on a weaker Toronto team than Joseph has with a stronger Detroit. I included Dafoe just to be fair as he was talked about a lot in the summer.

Tell us what you think. I can only imagine the landslide of Leaf bashing comments and other misplaced drivel, but this is about individual goaltenders and not how much you hate the Leafs and so forth.

Let the games begin!


16 Responses to Best Free Agent Goalie of 2002-2003?

  1. IslesFan11 says:

    Well, obviously it’s Belfour. He’s got the best numbers out of all of them and his defense isn’t much better than Dafoe’s.

  2. cwhockey says:

    Everyone’s defense is better than Dafoe’s. I’m not strictly defending him and his numbers by saying that; injuries or not, he just hasn’t been consistent. But if you’ve been able to watch a few Thrasher games this year, then you know their defense is downright horrid. Other than Sutton and his shadow (literally) Weaver, no dman for Atlanta is physical enough. They get pushed around and get out of position. The Leafs, at least, have some stability.

  3. pantherboy says:

    It shouldn’t take you a long time to figure this one out. All you have to do is look at the numbers and you will clearly see that Crazy Eddie is the better goalie this year. Cujo, like Dom, is taking some time ajusting to Detriot, and Dafoe, he has been playing OK hockey, but not the greatest we know he can play. Yup, so there you go, Crazy Eddie is stealing games like a madman for the Leafs!

  4. pantherboy says:

    It shouldn’t take you a long time to figure this one out. All you have to do is look at the numbers and you will clearly see that Crazy Eddie is the better goalie this year. Cujo, like Dom, is taking some time ajusting to Detriot, and Dafoe, he has been playing OK hockey, but not the greatest we know he can play. Yup, so there you go, Crazy Eddie is stealing games like a madman for the Leafs!

  5. pantherboy says:

    It shouldn’t take you a long time to figure this one out. All you have to do is look at the numbers and you will clearly see that Crazy Eddie is the better goalie this year. Cujo, like Dom, is taking some time ajusting to Detriot, and Dafoe, he has been playing OK hockey, but not the greatest we know he can play. Yup, so there you go, Crazy Eddie is stealing games like a madman for the Leafs!

  6. pantherboy says:

    Sorry about the Triple Post.

  7. Freeze says:

    The regular season doesn’t mean that much. I would rather evaluate these players after the playoffs. Of course, Dafoe likely won’t be in the playoffs, but he clearly isn’t in the same class as Belfour and Joseph. Let’s wait and see.

  8. HabsPunk says:

    i dont really think we all agree that detroit should win the cup, i actually dont think they’re gonna make it to the finals even this year, they’ll lose in the western finals. who knows, maybe a vancouver and ottawa finals? even though i dont really like either team, an all-canadian finals would be amazing, and not all that unlikely.

  9. Tony says:

    Detroit could care less about the regular season. All they care about is if they win the Cup, so we won’t know until the very end who got their moneys worth.

  10. Tradedude says:

    Thankyou for telling me what I already know.

  11. MantaRay says:

    Obviously its Belfour, Cujo isn’t even the best goalie on Detroit.

  12. rrudd says:

    the biggest winner was possibly dallas.

    i hated seeing eddy go…i followed him here to dalas from chicago myself.

    but turco is the best goalie in the league right now, and letting belfour go to free agency not only allowed turco to step up, but freed up a ton of money.

  13. Bishop7979 says:

    this was going to be my reply exactly

  14. rooney says:

    you can have all them i will stay with brodeur

  15. MossRocks says:

    Brodeur can be jealous of Cujo’s press all by himself, thank you very much.

  16. aaron says:

    *gags* I think the…*chokes on words* the best…*coughs* the best goaltender signing…man, why does this make me feel so sick? (I literally feel sick to my stomach right now :p)

    The best goaltender signing was…Ed Belfour. *spits* God, I didn’t feel that dirty when I admitted Roy was the best goalie of all time.

Leave a Reply