General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent goaltender . In keeping with club policy terms were not disclosed. Raycroft, 29, spent the 2008.09 season as a member of the where he posted a record of 12-16-0 with a 3.14 Goals-Against-Average and a .892 Save-Percentage.>> team release
Apparently this is a one-year deal and for not a lot of cash, but I haven't yet heard if it's a one- or two-year contract. I imagine it's a one-way deal, and if so, it's a big mistake.
Despite the fact he'll play sparingly behind Roberto Luongo, Raycroft can still be a major liability. I've long said it's a huge mistake to underrate the backup position, as starters often get hurt. Just look at what the Devils managed without Martin Brodeur last season.
Two more key points: (a) there are plenty of solid unrestricted free agent netminders available and not a lot of spots for them to go, and (b) Raycroft has posted some of the worst totals among all NHL goaltenders ever since winning the Calder Trophy five years ago.
The worst goaltenders, by save percentage, postlockout (minimum 40 games played):
Other than Hedberg, who's got a contract for another season in Atlanta, Raycroft's the only one of the players here still in the NHL. Kudos to his agent, but this is one signing that could really come back to bite Vancouver — especially if they plan on moving out Cory Schneider.
I don't get it.