Toronto Maple Leafs And The Goalie Market

By Jeff Zeffer

The Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2012 NHL goalie market has just gotten smaller when the Minnesota Wild sign their 28 year old back-up goalie Josh Harding to a new three year contact.

With that, here is who is left in this year’s 2012 crop of unrestricted free agent goalies to be.

Martin Brodeur – Brodeur will either re-sign with the New Jersey Devils or retire. Brodeur will not be signing a contact with the Toronto Maple Leafs. I hope Brodeur stays around for another season.

Dwayne Roloson – Roloson has played well for his old age, but his skills have depleted.

Al Montoya – Potentially the best UFA goalie option Brian Burke could sign who is still under 30; other than Montoya there is really no one else on the free agency list who is a goalie and under age 30.

Chris Mason – This may be the best over 30 option for the Toronto Maple Leafs this summer. Though Mason only started 15 games in the 2011/12 season, but with a depleted goalie crop Brian Burke may be left with Mason to sign.

If Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs cannot land a goalie, either through free agency or trade, is it feasibly possible for him to go into training camp with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. If so, could it be Brian Burke’s last year as Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager.

“We are prepared to go forward on that basis,” Burke said. “If we can upgrade at the goaltending position, and at a reasonable price, we’ll do it. But we are prepared [to go with Reimer-Scrivens]. I believe in James Reimer. He’s young, he’s athletic, I believe in this kid. If we have to start like that, we will.”

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