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by Paul on 05/27/12 at 06:57 AM ET
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
Leafs executive Dave Nonis was asked this week if the Leafs might even consider the services of Dominik Hasek, the one-time dominator who has announced his contemplation of an NHL comeback at age 47.
“I think we’re looking for a veteran — I don’t know if we’re looking for that much of a veteran,” quipped Nonis, Toronto’s senior vice president of hockey operations.
Still, while Leafs GM Brian Burke has espoused his belief in the talent of James (Real Deal) Reimer — and while the club has been delighted with the performance of Ben Scrivens, who has backstopped the AHL Marlies to the Calder Cup final — it’s expected that both Reimer, 24, and Scrivens, 25, will face bigger-named competition for NHL starts come training camp.
An upgrade in goal, of course, has been long promised and undelivered. The franchise’s most recent starter in a playoff game, Ed Belfour in 2004, has long since retired and been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Toronto’s post-Belfour goaltending, meanwhile, has too often ranked among the dregs of the league. Consider this statistic when you boil down the essence of Leafland’s repetitive woe: In four of the past five seasons the Leafs have finished either 29th or 30th in team save percentage.
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