Do the Toronto Maple Leafs need a veteran goaltender to be a threat in the upcoming NHL playoffs? This has been the question that is always asked by the Toronto media. The answer is no. Maple Leaf goaltenders James Reimer and Ben Scrivens are constantly faced with this question on a daily basis.
The Toronto back stoppers will not let the question affect their play in net. Both goalies have gone on record to say that the whole question is a distraction. Prior to the beginning of the 2013 season post lockout there were rumors surfacing that the Leafs were interested in signing veteran goalie, Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo. However, the Canucks price tag to go along with the possible trade was too rich for Toronto’s wallet.
Yesterday was NHL trade deadline day. The Maple Leafs were very tight lipped about what moves they would or would not make. A few days it was reported by TSN that that the Maple Leafs were given permission to sit down with Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Kiprusoff has said in past interviews this week, “I will not report to camp, even if I was traded.” Something else that is an intriguing element to the story, there is a strong possibility he would decide not to play the last year of his contract. It is speculated that number 34 would like to retire from hockey.
I think the fact that Toronto did not pick up the Calgary goalie is a good thing. The reason why is because of chemistry. Right now, the Maple Leafs are clicking in unison. The playoffs are rapidly around the corner and I feel that the team could be a major threat come playoff time.
At this current time bringing in a new goalie would possibly throw the team’s current chemistry into a tail spin because of a learning curve and a period of adjustment in play. In this shortened season, there is very little time to work out the kinks. Toronto is currently on a three-game win streak and the team is on the verge of doing something historic.
They are in a prime position to make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. The last goalie to represent Toronto in the playoffs was Ed Belfour in the 2003-04 season.