If the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to acquire an established goaltender, Brian Burke will have to explore the trade route.
Considering the unrestricted free agent class is absolutely skeletal in terms of starting goaltenders, and Burke’s abysmal track record in free agency, that should sit well with most Leafs fans.
The issue, of course, is that one of the prime goaltending options is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs were not interested in granting a second year to Vokoun, so the 36-year-old goaltender wound up with the Penguins at an affordable cap-hit of $2-million for the next two years. I can’t help but...
With news of Roberto Luongo requesting a trade from the Vancouver Canucks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning deciding to explore other options for a starting goaltender, rumours of the Toronto Maple Leafs pursuing the 33-year-old goaltender have heated.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie, however, mentioned that the Leafs, as of now, are not believed to be interested.
Assistant general manager Dave Nonis has made it clear that the Leafs intend on acquiring a veteran goaltender this summer with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens expected to battle for the back-up role.
So, if not Luongo, which goaltender may the Leafs acquire?
The Toronto Maple Leafs will seek to upgrade its goaltending this summer whether James Reimer returns to his rookie form in the final 15 games or not.
General manager Brian Burke has remained adamant on retaining Reimer as the goaltender of the future---reportedly shot down a deal that would have brought back a significant return at the trade deadline---so fans should not expect the 23-year-old netminder to be going anywhere anytime soon. Registering a .921 save percentage in his rookie season, Reimer’s .899 save percentage as a sophomore is reason for concern, but nothing to fret over---at least, not yet.
Sophomore slumps are nothing new in the National Hockey League. I...
Jimmy Howard played spectacular last night, turning aside 25 of the 27 shots he faced, but the Detroit Red Wings ultimately fell 2-1 in overtime. Howard was pitching a shutout until exactly a minute left in the third period when Mikko Koivu deflected a Justin Faulk shot behind him to tie the tie at one.
Detroit's losing streak is now at five games, offsetting the blistering five game winning streak to start the season.
Howard saved the Red Wings' bacon the entire game, making big save after big save, especially on the powerplay. Detroit took nine minor penalties last night, and as Mike Babcock pointed out on the bench last night (via Larry Murphy), "We aren&...