48-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Ed Belfour Contract Information:
Signed with Leksands of the Swedish Elite League in August 2007.
Belfour has signed with Swedish club Leksands, TSN.ca reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ed Belfour.
Belfour's numbers declined significantly last season in Toronto, while being limited to only 49 games because of a recurring back injury. Unable to land a starting job elsewhere, Belfour is looking to challenge Alex Auld for playing time in Florida. If he can stay healthy, there's no reason to think he can't appear in about 30 games with at least 15 wins and a goal-against average of around 3.00. Problem is, is that really worth getting excited about fantasy-wise?
Belfour is a 40-year-old reflex goalie with a bad back. We repeat, he's old, relies on skills that deteriorate with age AND he could hurt himself picking up the soap in the shower. But, the guy does deserve a lot of credit for overhauling his style of play a few years back to accommodate the issues already described. He's much more of a positional, angles goalie now and that's a breed that can perform better, longer. Plus, with only 12 wins he'll move into second on the NHL's all-time wins list so the motivation is there for one more above average season. Just don't count on all-star type numbers any more.