The Penguins signed restricted free agent goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to a seven-year deal for $35 million.
EN Says: Obviously anything that keeps Marc-Andre Fleury in a Penguins uniform is positive, but getting him for "only" $5 million per season is great. That's a bargain for someone you expect to be a franchise goaltender capable of leading you to the Cup. As we stated earlier this morning, this is Fleury's, Sidney Crosby's, Evgeni Malkin's and Jordan Staal's show.
For comparison's sake, here are the scheduled salaries of some other notable goaltenders in the NHL for 2008-09:
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers - $7.75 million
- Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks - $7 million
- Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks - $6.75 million
- Cristobal Huet, Chicago Blackhawks - $5.625 million
- Marty Turco, Dallas Stars - $5.7 million
- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks - $5.5 million
- Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Shark - $5.5 million
- Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers - $5.5 million
- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils - $5.2 million
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins $5 million
- Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders - $4.5 million
- Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals - $4.5 million
- Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes - $4 million
- Vesa Toskala, Toronto Maple Leafs - $4 million
- Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres - $3.5 million
- Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes - $3.5 million
- Chris Osgood, Detroit Red Wings - $1.7 million
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens - $850,000
All numbers from NHLNumbers.com.
The fact Marc-Andre Fleury is making less than Tomas Vokoun is amazing to us. Vokoun is a nice player, but what has he ever done in the NHL? He hasn't even won a playoff series.