#9 Jaroslav Halák – Vancouver Canucks
2021-22 Stats: .903 SV%, 2.94 GAA, 4-7-2
Last Contract: $3 million AAV
Potential Next Season: Back-up Goalie
Jaroslav Halák has been a dependable NHL back-up for a long time and could be a dependable back-up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His last couple contracts have come with bonuses for playing over 10 games, and the criteria was met to give him his $3 million AAV last season.
I could see him signing a one year deal next season with a $1.25 million base and $1.25 million bonus for a $2.5 million AAV.
I think he’s affordable for a goaltender of his caliber, but at his age, he’s likely a short term option. He could be a “bridge goaltender” for the Leafs until Joseph Woll or Erik Källgren are ready to take the back-up position full time.
The Toronto Maple Leafs would also need a starter that would take on the brunt of the schedule as Halák’s days as a tandem goaltender may be over.