Edited Jul 30, 2019 at 3:09
With all due respect, but Vasi wasn't a top 5 goalie in many areas last season. He won the Vezina because of the overall team performance. His Sv% and GAA are looking good, but the advanced stats are far from impressive. This season was arguably his best season, but still... Just look at his stats at even strength per Corsica Hockey. Among goalies with at least 2.000 minutes TOI at even strength (25 goalies), his low danger Sv% ranks 6th, his medium danger Sv% ranks 5th, high danger Sv% ranks 21nd. His GSAA is negative and his dSv% as well. Both ranks 13th btw.
Just compare his ES stats to Gibson, which is arguably the best comparison out there for Vasilevkiy.
Vasilevsky: LDSA: 637, LDSV%: 98.12; MDSA: 506, MDSV%: 92.49; HDSA: 228, HDSV%: 77.63; GSAA: -0.59; dSv%: -0.04.
Gibson: LDSA: 559, LDSV%: 97.85; MDSA: 510, MDSV%: 93.33; HDSA: 331, HDSV%: 82.18; GSAA: 18.67; dSV%: 1.33.
You can check the PK stats as well and you'll find the same thing. Tampa does a great job preventing high danger shots against, which is the reason why Vasi looks that good. And don't forget that Gibson is one of the best and most consistent goalies in the past 3 years and he has been the superior goalie over Vasilevskiy in any of those 3 years. Yet Gibson signed an 8x6.4M extension, 3.1M less per year. Gibson is a top 3 goalie in the past 2 years. Vasilevskiy will likely develop into a top 5 goalie soon. This guy is really talented, but if he was on a team like the Ducks, people wouldn't be this positive about him lol.
This is just an overpayment. Especially since they are a tax-free state. Tampa is already in trouble with the cap situation and this won't help. A lot of big long term contracts and Point will be the next one. Tampa really need a massive cap limit soon lol