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Backup Goalie Talk In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The journeyman was hardly the only culprit in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Capitals, but he did get burned for three goals in a 78-second span after Toronto had built him a first-period lead. This is a difficult, often thankless job. Even if Hutchinson was never really put in a position to succeed, he still had to own part of the defeat.

“You’re never happy when you lose a game or let in four goals,” he said. “But they made some good plays.”...

The Leafs brought veteran Michal Neuvirth to training camp on a professional tryout agreement to challenge Hutchinson for the backup job this fall, but he struggled to stay healthy and was released.

Should they end up looking for another option in-season, they’ll be inhibited by their salary cap squeeze. It would basically have to be a money-in, money-out proposition.

The most appealing scenario for the organization is seeing things work out with Hutchinson. He’s got internal support from both Andersen and goalie coach Steve Briere, among others.

But he also has to deliver on the occasional junk-mail assignment.

“You gotta find a way each and every night and you need different people to do it each and every night,” said Babcock. “You can’t give up as many goals on the back-to-back. That’s 10 goals in two games back-to-back.

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Everything in my opinion about this team and its players and the drama around it
is overhyped and annoying - except for the question of roster construction which is a little bit fascinating. The backup goalie situation has not been handled well and it began with exposing McIlhenny. Dubas so clearly believes in his type of skilled, offensive player - can his model of paying so many skilled young guys so much money provide a roster that can go on a long playoff run? And that’s not even getting to their major challenges affording defensemen after this season.

Posted by lefty.30 on 10/17/19 at 10:38 AM ET

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