Talk about false, misleading, or unfounded. We have evidence to the contrary!
And keep in mind I'm only talking about one season. And that's only if we don't get a 2nd + prospect for one of them this coming offseason.
There have been many tandems of clear #1's co-existing well for the amount of time I'm talking about. Osgood/Vernon went to two finals and a WC final in three seasons together, and won a Cup together. Hasek/Belfour, Fuhr/Moog, Hall/Plante, Bower/Sawchuk, all close to the top of their games shared net duties.
Our goalie coach, Duane Roloson shared net duties as coexisting #1's with Manny Fernandez for about three seasons and they did very well together (except for running into the great brick wall of JS Giguere in '03).
Sure, it doesn't last forever, but again: we're talking about one season.
In fact, it might create a fantastic competition between Andersen and Gibson next season if they knew the lesser would be exposed to the expansion draft.
Do we? What evidence do we have to the contrary? You just named off guys who played 10+ years ago. Hell, Plante/Hall? You want to talk about goal tending duos that were 50 years ago?
Hasek/Belfour? Hasek played all of 25 games in 2 years while backing up Belfour. Talent wise, superior to what we have but situation was vastly different.
Look, its working right now because its fresh, its new and neither of these guys really have any claim to fame or right to say they deserve it more. They are both young rookie-ish guys who have to plant themselves as the man.
What are you basing your belief of 4-5mil awarded off of?
Bernier, a much much higher rated player at the time, went from 1.25mil to 2.9mil on his third contract.
I'll say 3-4mil is what Andersen would be awarded in arbitration, if he keeps up his current pace. Less if he falls off and (heaven forbid) craps out in the PO's.
If he wins the Cup and Conn-Smythe, then... well, forget it. We're offing Gibby then.
Bernier was awarded that before guys like Holtby were awarded $6.1mil. I dont think thats a horrible comparison though. That might set the floor at $4.15mil
Howard, Nabokov, Smith, Fleury, Lehtonen all make between $5,2 and $5.9 mil.
Cam Talbot, who at the time of his signing had done less than Freddy, 3 years at $4.166.
I think Freddy has a case for $4.5mil and up.