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Better Options In Goal For The Toronto Maple Leafs Than Frederik Andersen?

by Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Could they replace the 31-year-old Andersen with a free agent next summer, like they replaced Curtis Joseph with Ed Belfour 19 years ago? Possibly. Of the netminders currently set to be out there this summer, Pekka Rinne, Jordan Binnington and Tuukka Rask could possibly provide an upgrade.

Rinne’s having a bounceback season on a mediocre Preds squad, but he’s 37 (same age Belfour was). Rask is 34. Binnington is only 27, but it’s hard to see the Blues letting him walk. Then again, Vancouver let Jacob Markstrom leave for Calgary as a free agent at age 30.

How free-agent goalies will perform in new cities is difficult to predict. Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky has not come close to giving value for his $10-million (U.S.) cap hit. Holtby ($4.3 million) has been average with the leaky Canucks. Semyon Varlamov, meanwhile, has been very good behind a sturdy defensive team in Long Island since leaving Colorado in the summer of 2019.

So the Leafs, in theory, could upgrade the position. But they might not, and could spend a lot of money trying.


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Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Hmmn…  I seem to remember that the leafs had Bernier for a season or 3 and he is playing fantastic for us. DOH!

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 02/27/21 at 06:55 PM ET

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