New Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun hasn't wasted any time impressing Caps fans; now he's impressing the entire league. Vokoun was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for last week, doubling his win total with 3 wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, and a .968 save percentage. The 35-year-old Czech keeper posted a 20 save shutout over the rebuilt Florida Panthers on Tuesday before stopping 40 of 42 shots in a 5-2 win over the net-crashing Flyers on Thursday in Philadelphia. The coup de grace was a 32 save performance against the undefeated Red Wings on Saturday in a 7-1 win, a game that could have been much closer without his heroics during several Detroit powerplays.
Considering Vokoun's salary of $1.5 million, the Caps already have half their money's worth after 6 wins. Looking at 12 veteran NHL goaltenders from last season in the middle salary bracket who earned between $1 million and $2.4 million dollars, the numbers show the expectations for a NHL goalie at Vokoun's salary. Those 12 goalies' average salary was $1.45 million, they averaged 29.2 games played, a record of 11.6-10.2-3.7, and 1.4 shutouts. We can expect Vokoun to be the curve buster this season for that salary bracket.
|NHL Goalie||2010 Salary||GP||Record||SO|
|Mike Smith||$2.4 million||22||13-6-1||1|
|Antero Niittymaki||$2 million||24||12-7-3||0|
|Chris Mason||$1.6 million||33||13-13-3||1|
|Dan Ellis||$1.5 million||44||21-10-7||2|
|Johan Hedberg||$1.5 million||34||15-12-2||3|
|Ty Conklin||$1.4 million||25||8-8-4||2|
|Marty Turco||$1.3 million||29||11-11-3||1|
|Jonas Gustavsson||$1.3 million||23||6-13-2||0|
|Mathieu Garon||$1.2 million||36||10-14-6||3|
|Scott Clemmensen||$1.1 million||31||8-11-7||2|
|Jose Theodore||$1.1 million||32||15-11-3||1|
|Jason LaBarbera||$1 million||17||7-6-3||2|