Since Brian Burke arrived in Toronto four years as the new President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brian Burke’s philosophy has always been build from the net out. After four seasons, along with no playoff appearances, this objective has been absolutely disappointing for Maple Leafs fans, from the fact that the Maple Leafs have finished in the bottom five in the league in goals against average.
Here are four more goalie Brian Burke could of signed or traded for in this two part blog.
Ray Emery (Chicago Blackhawks)
Emery, at age 29, missed the a calender year after suffering a threatening hip injury in March of 2010. But Emery has rebounded this year in Chicago with 34 games played, 15 wins, a 2.81 GAA and SV% of .900. Emery is just another option that Burke missed out on, as Emery was rewarded with a $550,000 raise from his last contact for next season.
Jose Theodore (Florida Panthers)
At age 35, Theodore led the Florida Panthers to their first ever Southeast Division win and a 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. Plus a 1st round 7th game defeat by the hands of the New Jersey Devils. All in all, the Panthers made huge progress this season. Theodore has one more year left on his contract with a $1.5 million price tag, a price that Brian Burke could have afford.
Tomas Vokoun (Washington Capitals)
Vokoun was an option that I wish Burke would of signed last off-season. As Vokoun finished this season with 2.51 goals against average and a .917 save percentage, while getting paid only $1.5 million. I want Vokoun in Toronto this fall on a 1 to 2 year deal, at 2 million per season. Even at his age Vokoun still holds value and leadership capabilities and knowledge for Reimer.
Antero Niittymaki (San Jose Sharks)
A veteran goalie of Niittymaki’s type could hold some value in Toronto backing up James Reimer, but only as a back-up goalie. Niittymaki could be a good cost efficient option for Toronto, as there is no way Niittymaki is worth the two million he made this season.
At a later time I will be looking at the goalies available on the free agent market, which could help resolve the situation in goal for the Maple Leafs.
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