If there has been one thing that the last couple of postseasons have shown us, it is just how important the guy between the pipes is. A goaltender in the NHL can make or break not only a game, but a season.
Without Jonathon Quick, the Los Angeles Kings would have had no chance at making their historic run to the cup, and Tim Thomas led the Bruins on the same run the year before.
Some solid goaltenders that entered into free agency in 2012 have already been signed. Martin Brodeur re-signed with the New Jersey Devils for two years and $9 million, while Carey Price has landed by far the largest offseason deal for a goaltender after agreeing to terms on a six-year, $39 million deal.
Here are the five best goaltenders still available and where they will more than likely sign.
Note: The five goaltenders are in no particular order.