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Roberto Luongo collapsed. Because of this, Vancouver may or may not sell the stellar goaltender to the highest bidder to hold onto the Sedinettes. Miikka Kiprusoff is in the midst of the longest day and enormous contracts for Henrik Lundqvist and Evgeni Nabokov have meant nothing to the sucess of their respective teams. There is an undercurrent of chatter about the relative worth of goaltending and what the big-ticket goaltender should be able to deliver, namely Stanley Cups.

Lowetide has proposed, and I heartily endorse his proposition, that success in a post-expansion world be measured by pennants, not cups. I took one step back in this experiment and decided to see which goalies were playing for pennants. Below is a look at a simple measure of goaltenders that have played for a pennant since the lockout. I'm focused solely on save percentage in this post, but if this looks useful, I might throw in some other stats.

The number at the left is the individual save percentage rank in the NHL that season for qualifying goalies. In 05-06 there were 47 qualifying goalies, in 06-07 there were 44, 07-08 there were 44 and the number of qualifiers in 08-09 was 46. The bracketed number to the right is the individual save percentage rank in the NHL since the lockout based on qualifed goalies with more than a single season. There are 52 such goalies since 05-06.

Only three goalies from the bottom half of the league have been able to play for a pennant - Cam Ward, Marty Turco and Chris Osgood.

One thing you may notice that is missing from the bracketed numbers column - values that are 10 and under. None of the post-lockout top 10 save percentage goalies have played for a pennant.

I'll have a more complete look at the list soon.