There are a few obvious needs the Toronto Maple Leafs need to fill this free agency period. Two that come to mind are a top line center and a backup goalie. I am going to be focusing on the backup goalie in this blog.
From looking at a list of goalies that are free agents this offseason, there are several potential players the Maple Leafs could go after to fill in a backup role. Here is a list of player that I put together and I separated the players into two different groups based on their performance last season;
Dwayne Roloson – One of the better proven UFA goalies this season that would not cost a team that much per year. I doubt Roloson will leave the Tampa Bay Lighting for a reduced role with the Maple Leafs. But I like the fact Roloson still gives plenty of quality games even at his age.
Brian Boucher – Has never really held a #1 position consistently in his life, but still has the ability to steal away games from teams.
Ty Conklin – Getting up there in age but could still give you up to 20 quality games.
Mathieu Garon – Garon played exceptional in the absence of Steve Mason. Garon could give the Leafs the necessary games so that a young James Reimer only starts around 65 games.
Pascal Leclaire – Injuries and inconsistencies does not make this former first round pick an appealing option this offseason at all.
Peter Budaj – Played 45 games this season, which is great for him but his SV% decreased and his GAA increased. He still in his 20’s, but I think there are better options out there.
Marty Turco – I’m not 100% sure with Turco here, he would be a good mentor to Reimer and he had a good attitude about taking a reduce role with the Chicago Blackhawks this season. But when you are heading toward age 36 it is hard to put the money on the table. I’m on the fence on whether Turco should go in group A or B.
Mike Smith – Injury prone, but put up descent numbers last season, might perform better with a new team. But his previous injuries and inconsistencies do concern me.