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Will either of these goalies be back in Pittsburgh next season?
Goaltending was an obvious problem for the Penguins in this year's playoffs. Starter Marc-Andre Fleury played poorly in the opening-round series against the Islanders and was replaced by backup Tomas Vokoun in Game 5.
Fleury has been the starting goalie in Pittsburgh since 2005-06, but he has faltered badly in the playoffs over the past two seasons. This season, his playoff GAA was 3.51 and his save percentage was just .883. In 2012, his numbers were even worse, a GAA of 4.63 and a save percentage of .834.
After two horrible playoff performances in a row, it is unclear how much confidence the Penguins' organization can have in Fleury.
According to CapGeek.com, Fleury has two more seasons on his contract with a cap hit of $5 million per season. That's an awful lot of money to pay a goalie who has badly let his team down two years in a row against teams that finished below the Penguins in the standings.
According to the Tribune-Review's Josh Yohe, GM Ray Shero may try to move Fleury. However, he may have trouble doing that due to a glut of goaltenders that could be available this summer. Free agents include Niklas Backstrom, Evgeni Nabokov and Tim Thomas, and other goalies could be available via trade.
Moving Fleury would also clear up some cap space the Penguins could surely use in signing key free agents.
If Fleury is moved, that would leave Vokoun as the presumed starter. He will be 37 before the new season starts and has one year left on his deal at a more cap-friendly $2 million.
If Shero feels Vokoun can start for a season, he would still need to find a credible backup and groom a long-term replacement.
If Vokoun is the starter in the fall and gets off to a slow start, Shero could always make a deal to acquire a goalie before next year's trade deadline. Either way, a quality goalie not named Marc-Andre Fleury is needed on the Pens roster.