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Toronto May Be Looking For A Goalie

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

And general manager Brian Burke added a little more fuel to the fire when he revealed on TSN Radio on Wednesday night that he may acquire a netminder before the trade deadline Monday.

“I’m not sure that we’re not going to be in the market [for a goalie] before we’re done,” Burke said. “It’s something that we have to at least explore what the price tags are. The fact is we’re losing games because we’re not stopping the puck enough. … We’ve got to get our goaltenders to stop the puck.”

That is a distinct change from what’s been said in the past, when Burke and company stood behind their goalies through various ups and downs.

Toronto’s loss Tuesday, however, was particularly ugly, with Gustavsson allowing three bad goals against the New Jersey Devils and may mark a turning point for the organization if they do add a goalie.

Several could be available, from Josh Harding to Jonathan Bernier or Ben Bishop, although Burke made it clear he was most interested in immediate help rather than prospects.


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Can Rick Nash play goal?

Posted by bsalamon on 02/22/12 at 11:27 PM ET

Savage Henry's avatar

Maybe he’ll be interested in Ty Conklin.  Do the Leafs have anybody worth trading for?

Posted by Savage Henry on 02/22/12 at 11:40 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

Schneider in the summer?  Seriously though, if they do it, then really go for it.  Don’t get us some “could-be” up and comer, get a guy who’s truly a starter.  So damn sick of this crap.

Posted by mmuskrat on 02/23/12 at 12:03 AM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

Or get a new goalie coach.  As much of a pro as Alaire is, I’m sick of Reimer playing on the goal line shrugging his shoulders and on his knees.  He can’t play deep the way Gus does, and both of them should come out a bit.  Why not make that change first?

Posted by mmuskrat on 02/23/12 at 12:27 AM ET

statelouis26's avatar

muskrat i agree with you on your last comment.  Allare can make the best of a butterfly goaltender, turning him into a shot-blocking machine like Giguere.  But that is not the right strategy for every goaltender

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 02/23/12 at 01:17 AM ET

WingMan's avatar

They have tried to make 4 or 5 goalies like Giguere and it has not worked… cannot management not see that his coaching style does not mesh with the goalies they have?  I’m telling you - a change to the goalie and head coaches and this team would be a different beast.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 02/23/12 at 03:43 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

Toronto Looking For a Goaltender

Ya think?

(3 games stretches aside, eh Garth?)

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/23/12 at 03:51 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Toronto’s been looking for a goalie for what?  A decade now?  Longer?

Posted by Primis on 02/23/12 at 10:24 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Toronto‚Äôs been looking for a goalie for what?  A decade now?  Longer?

Posted by Primis on 02/23/12 at 07:24 AM ET

Flyers, too.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/23/12 at 03:10 PM ET

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