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Sunday's Dump & Chase: How Much Is Too Much For Your Goaltender?

After Tuukka Rask's new $56 million deal last week, the exceptionally talented and hilarious Ryan Lambert wrote a great piece on the ever increasing salaries and accompanying cap space being tied up by franchise goalies. While I object to the opinion that Pekka is overpaid, it does raise an interesting question, particularly for small market teams. The cap is expected to go up in the future, but this really only gives a little wiggle room to the biggest markets who can afford to eat multi-million dollar mistakes or pay $5 million to a backup. And as we can see here, basically zero dollars have been invested in an NHL-ready option to serve as a backup this season, despite Pekka's offseason hip surgery. So what do you think? Does this situation concern you? What if Pekka is unable to return early, or suffers a setback and misses significant time? What would something like that do to our ability to field a competitive team in the future?

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