I'm not sure how much better Khabibulin is than either Martin Gerber or Alex Auld. I don't think he's that much better, and I do think he's overrated today. He's going to be paid $6.75M this season, and his career numbers are actually worse than Gerber:
- Khabibulin: 2.69 GAA, .908 SP
- Gerber: 2.60 GAA, .911 SP
- Khabibulin: 55% winning percentage, 2.27 GAA, .922 SP
- Gerber: 17% winning percentage, 3.50 GAA, .890 SP
We'll see what happens. Chances are that the Sens will continue to give Gerber the opportunity to prove himself, and I'll remind everyone of my prediction that he will do well. I don't think Khabibulin--who appears to have lost his job this year to Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi--will really be an upgrade, but crazier things have happened.