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Leafs Looking For Veteran Goalie

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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Stop. Just stop. Domonik Hasek wasn’t that great when he last played a NHL game so what makes anyone think he can be an answer in 2012? The Leafs have only two options- Roberto Luongo or Mikka Kiprusoff. Anyone else is lunacy.

Posted by DG from Toronto on 05/27/12 at 07:28 AM ET

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Anyone else is lunacy?  That seems a bit extreme…How about Tim Thomas for a year? Vokoun? Khabibulin? Biron? Harding (more of a long-term option)?

There are a few options in addition to Luongo (whom I imagine would do horribly under the pressure of the Toronto market) and Kipper.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/27/12 at 12:11 PM ET

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Reimer deserves a shot, but it wouldn’t hurt anything to have a vet backup behind him.

Posted by @TheJimPl9 on 05/28/12 at 12:14 PM ET

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They might need Mike Smith with that team in front.

Posted by timbits on 05/28/12 at 12:19 PM ET

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