One of the Anaheim Ducks’ most pressing needs in free agency is to bring in a capable goaltender to backup John Gibson.
That’s not a knock on Gibson’s quality, obviously, but more so insurance as he has had a problem staying healthy in recent years.
Before looking at a few candidates for the role I should note James Reimer is not listed as his expected asking price - in both dollars and years - probably doesn’t make him a fit for the Ducks.
Johnson isn’t the sexiest name on the market but he has been quite reliable as a backup throughout his career.
In 101 NHL appearances Johnson has posted a very respectable .917 save percentage despite playing almost half of those games on a bad Buffalo Sabres team.
His best work came last season when, due to Robin Lehner’s injury, he was forced to appear in 45 games for the Sabres. In those 45 games he fared quite well posting a .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average.
He likely wouldn’t command much in the way of dollars or term and he’s capable of holding the fort for an extended period of time if necessary.
Sticking with former Buffalo Sabres, Enroth would make a lot of sense for the Ducks.
In the past he has talked about wanting to start more and he’d surely get more than the 13 he had this past season with the Los Angeles Kings if he signs in Anaheim. From a geography stand point it’d be an easy move, too.
Enroth isn’t anything special but he has posted a .911SV% or better in four of the last five years, and a .917SV% or better in three of the last five.
I don’t know that he’s as well equipped as Johnson to take the reigns if and when Gibson goes down but I think he’d be a good spot starter.
Last and probably least we have Carter Hutton.
He is coming off a a pretty solid campaign where he posted a .918 save percentage in 17 appearances/15 starts with the Nashville Predators.
The year prior he owned a .902SV%, though, and he has a career .910SV% - which is below league average - despite playing behind one of the best defense cores in the NHL.
He’s capable of producing the odd quality start but probably nothing more than that. Bob Murray better hope Gibson stays healthy if he goes this route.