There are many elite goaltenders in today’s NHL. Some are paid accordingly, while others are not.
There are also cases of lofty expectations being placed on certain goaltenders after a few good seasons, which usually comes in the form of a huge contract. While some of these big-money goaltenders are a little overpaid, some have earned their large salaries and are the primary reason for their team’s overall success.
Let’s analyze the 10 highest-paid goaltenders in the NHL (based on salary cap hits) and see which goaltenders are truly worth the amount of money they make.
Rather than simply giving a yes or no answer to this question, I’ve created a pay scale rating system, just as I did with the 13 highest-paid NHL skaters. The scale ranges from one to five, with one representing a goaltender that isn’t even close to earning his salary and five representing a truly elite goaltender that is worth every penny he makes.
Note: All contract figures are courtesy of capgeek.com