#5 Casey DeSmith – Pittsburgh Penguins
2021-22 Stats: .914 SV%, 2.79 GAA, 11-6-5
Last Contract: $1.25 million AAV
Potential Next Season: Tandem Goaltender/Back-up Goaltender
Casey DeSmith has been one of the NHL’s best back-up goalies for the past few seasons.
He’s earned the right to contest for a starting position. He may be best suited for a role in a tandem next season where he’d get an opportunity to battle for a job as a starter.
DeSmith seems like a goaltender who hasn’t been given a chance to shine behind Tristan Jarry in Pittsburgh, and he might be looking to go to a team that will give him that opportunity. Whether or not that’s the Toronto Maple Leafs is another story.
As a career back-up, he will still be relatively inexpensive as a free agent and would definitely fit into the Toronto Maple Leafs budget.
The Leafs probably won’t be a team that would relying on him in a starting role, but they could give him a chance to push for one.