Ranking the Best Options for NHL Teams in Need of a Goaltender This Offseason

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Ranking the Best Options for NHL Teams in Need of a Goaltender This Offseason
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Ryan Miller is one of many good goaltenders who could be on the move this summer.

Now that 14 teams have failed to advance to the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs and another eight have been eliminated in Round 1, it's time to play armchair general manager.

Which teams would do better with different goaltending next season? And who are the top stoppers who will be available?

There's a solid crop of unrestricted free agents—young and old—as well as the usual smattering of top talents who have worn out their welcomes. To make things even more interesting, this summer we'll see more teams exercise their "compliance buyouts" under the new collective bargaining agreement, which allows them to cut ties with players whose salaries no longer fit comfortably under next year's new, lower cap.

Every team's ideal goaltender will depend on its individual situation. Some will prefer pedigree while others pay for potential. Budgets will factor in as well.

Here are 10 good goalies who could lead the conversation this summer. All salary information is from capgeek.com and all stats from nhl.com.

Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section about which players you'd like to see on which teams and which goalies might get shut out this summer. It's a bumper crop for backstoppers.

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