3 Veteran UFA Goalies Toronto Maple Leafs Could Sign

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Rangers makes the first period save on William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden on April 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Rangers makes the first period save on William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden on April 13, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, CANADA – JANUARY 18: Brian Elliott #1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning  (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, CANADA – JANUARY 18: Brian Elliott #1 of the Tampa Bay Lightning  (Photo by Derek Cain/Getty Images) /

3 Veteran UFA Goalies Toronto Maple Leafs Could Sign

No. 1: Brian Elliott

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Leafs already have interest in Brian Elliott, which makes sense.

For the past 15 years, Elliott has been a serviceable back-up goalie, making his way through six organizations.

Even at 38-years-old, the Newmarket, ON native could be a good fit in Toronto as the third-goaltender or potential back-up.

If the Leafs did go ahead with Samsonov and Woll as their No. 1 and No. 2, Elliott could serve as a mentor to both of them, as they’re only 26 and 25-years-old, respectfully.

Samsonov has been in the NHL for a few seasons now but it can never hurt to learn from someone who’s so experienced.

Another reason why Elliott could make sense with the Leafs is because he could be motivated to finish his career for his hometown team.

As mentioned, he’s from Newmarket, which is less than an hour from Scotiabank Arena, so it could be a great homecoming for the veteran.

Even if he was only called upon a few times this year, you could get the best out of him for those few starts as he’d love to play well in front of friends and family.