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Report: Toronto is interested in Tomas Vokoun

May 27, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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Goaltending was a major issue for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. It’s a brutally obvious statement, but one that tells you what the team needs to address in the offseason. While rumors circle about their possible interest in Roberto Luongo, there’s another veteran goalie they’ll be sniffing around.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun says the Leafs will be scoping out Tomas Vokoun in free agency this summer. Vokoun ran into injury troubles at the end of the season and saw his job taken away by Braden Holtby. Simmons says the Leafs still like incumbent starter James Reimer which means Luongo may not be the guy they’re aiming for.

Vokoun played well for Washington but not as awe-inspiring as he had in the past for Florida. With Vokoun only signing a one-year deal last summer with the Caps, he’ll be free to go where he wants again this offseason. There were rumors he was thinking of going to the KHL, but Vokoun says he’s focused on an NHL job.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    I still think Reimer will be a really good starter for the Leafs sooner rather than later. He was showing a lot of promise at the start of last year but he was never really able to regain that form after his concussion. But he’s displayed the physical and mental skills to play that difficult postion in Toronto.

    A full year while healthy plus the mentorship of a veteran guy, be it Vokoun or Luongo, would definitely be a good thing for him and the Leafs.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - May 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Vokoun seems to thrive when he faces a lot of shots, like he did every night in Florida. Perhaps, he’ll work out better in Toronto.

  3. scionofflame - May 27, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    I like Vokoun, and I think that Toronto could benefit from him. He may not be the most stellar goalie ever, but he’s still a damn good one. Put a decent defense in front of him and he’ll rock the house.

  4. emperorzero - May 27, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    The Avalanche took a lot of grief for it, but following the carousel in Toronto, I’m glad Colorado landed Varlamov.

    • claysbar - May 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Seems to me that Varly needs a good goalie coach. He seemed so technically sound in Hershey, but in the NHL he kinda looks lost at times.

    • lordfletcher - May 27, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      I could see being happy as an Av’s fan for that trade if they didn’t give up as much as they had.

      I still think Wash fleeced you guys but everyone needs a good goalie pipeline, so I can understand the move…. a little bit

  5. claysbar - May 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Have no doubt if he signs with Toronto and plays poorly, they will be able to trade him to any team for their best players, prospects and draft picks…..

  6. superross - May 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Tomas Vokoun is a very good goalie. I hope he doesn’t go to Toronto. I love the fact that Fred Flintstone was at the last cup winning parade in Toronto! Go Laughs Go!

  7. daveothebraveo85 - May 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Good. You can have him. If it were me, I’d pay Toronto to take him. Should have never picked him up in the first place.

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