The Toronto Maple Leafs may be looking for two new goaltenders this offseason.
Toronto Maple Leafs starter, Jack Campbell, is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and Petr Mrázek hasn’t worked out at all and will likely be traded or bought-out. (Stats and information for this article from from CapFriendly and Sportsnet)
Rumours from NHL insiders say that Campbell’s agent is looking for a multi-year deal worth $5 million AAV. The Leafs would be crazy to pay that price and the two sides are far apart in their negotiations.
There is a good possibility that either Joseph Woll or Erik Källgren will play for the Leafs next season in a back up roll, but another season in the AHL for the pair would probably be best.
Pending UFA’s Michael Hutchinson and Carter Hutton are very unlikely to be re-signed and it’s likely that the injury laden Ian Scott, who is a rare 10.2 (c) free gent, doesn’t get tendered a qualifying offer. Keith Petruzzelli and Dryden McKay are great prospects on Marlies contracts, but they’re nowhere near NHL ready.
I feel that the Leafs will first take a look at the free agents market and if they can’t get the goaltending they want “for free,” they’ll trade assets with another team to solidify their goalie situation.
First things first. Let’s look at some UFA goaltenders the Toronto Maple Leafs may be interested in starting with a goalie who was very close to becoming a Leaf last season: