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Hunting the Monster

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via Reuters Pictures 1 month ago --- Sweden goaltender Jonas Gustavsson makes a save on Switzerland during their IIHF World Hockey Championship game in Bern, May 3, 2009

Jonas 'Monster' Gustavsson

(Wikipedia)

"I have no individual rankings, but I will go with an open mind. Right now all four are relevant. We will try to form an idea of what it would be like to live in each city. For me, it is also about trying to get to know each organization and see how the training conditions are."

"I want to continue to develop and play as many matches as possible. What I want to know is that I am on the team in earnest in the club I choose, then it does not matter if I am number one or number two directly. I know I have to take chances that arise."  ~ Jonas Gustavsson

 

According to aftonbladet, 21 clubs were actively pursuing the Färjestad goalkeeper, but now it's down to the Final Four: San Jose, Dallas, Colorado and Toronto

Gustavsson, along with his girlfriend Emelie and Canadian agent Joe Resnick began their North American tour on Sunday, June 14th, in San Jose (or so I've read). I should also note Sharkspage prospect blogger Max Giese stated the Sharks were the first of the four remaining teams to approach Gustavsson and they have been pushing very hard ever since. Evgeni Nabokov will be entering the final year of his contract and 2004 draftee Thomas Greiss may no longer be viewed as his successor.

 

 

It should be worth discussing the goaltending situation of the aforementioned teams, as well as the potential cap hit. Hopefully someone more CBA savvy than I can discuss the details on what signing The Monster entails.

For the numbers I refer to kdb209, the contract guru at Hockey's Future, where (s)he states:

Gustavsson would be considered a 24yr old for Entry-Level System purposes (age as of 9/15 in the calendar year he signs) - and would have to sign a 1yr Entry Level Contract. His max salary (including signing & games played bonuses) would be $900K. He would be eligible for $850K in Exhibit 5 "A" bonuses - a max of $212.5K per bonus for:

CBA Exhibit 5.1(c) Goaltenders


(i) Minutes Played: 1,800 minutes minimum

(ii) GAA: GAA <= median GAA of all goaltenders who played 25 or
more Regular Season Games. (If there is an even number of these
goaltenders, the median will be the average of the two middle values.)
(25 game minimum, 30 minute minimum*)

(iii) Save %: Save % >= median save % of all goaltenders who played 25 or
more Regular Season Games. (If there is an even number of these
goaltenders, the median will be the average of the two middle values.)
(25 game minimum, 30 minute minimum*)

(iv) Wins: 20 (Player must be goaltender of record, 30 minute minimum*)

(v) Shutouts: Shutouts >= median number of shutouts of all goaltenders who
played 25 or more Regular Season Games. (If there is an even number of
these goaltenders, the median will be the average of the two middle
values.) (30 minute minimum*)

(vi) End-of-Season NHL All-Rookie Team

(vii) NHL All-Star Game (selected to play or plays)

(viii) NHL All-Star Game MVP

He would be eligible for up to a total of $2M in Exhibit 5 "B" Bonuses for:

  • Winning Hart, Vezina, Jennings, or Conn Smyth trophies.
  • Named 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star (postseason award)
  • Finish Top-5 in the league in: GAA (25 game min), Save % (25 gm min), or Wins

Performance bonuses count against the cap earned or not. The team is then able to exceed the cap by up to 7% due to Performance bonuses. If the actual bonuses paid cause them to exceed the cap, it is then charged against next year's cap. If and when a bonus becomes impossible to achieve the team gets back a credit for the cash value of the unearned bonus fro the remainder of that year only.

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For some light summer reading, you can also visit NHL's Cap FAQ on the CBA, to better prepare for the impending Armchair GM ballyhoo and brouhaha.

 

And finally, an FTF poll! To find out what the fine folks at Aftonbladet believe, here's the results of a poll they conducted with more than 6400 votes to date: I vilken klubb tror du att Jonas Gustavsson skulle passa bäst?

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