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Leafs aren’t looking to acquire a promising, but unproven goaltender

Jul 3, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs guards the net during an NHL game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on March 17, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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On Monday, we talked about the Leafs’ interest in Martin Brodeur before he signed with the New Jersey Devils. We also discussed their current goaltending situation and, more specifically, their lack of appealing options.

After all, Roberto Luongo appears to be on the market, but he reportedly doesn’t want to go to Toronto. So what’s Plan B for the Leafs?

Well, it isn’t to take the same route as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning, who added young, promising, and ultimately unproven goaltenders.

“Were not looking at that avenue,” Leafs GM Brian Burke said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “A couple goalies that moved are young unproven guys. That’s an avenue we’re not interested in. We’ve kicked the tires, looked at all the prices, but that’s not an avenue we’re looking at.”

That’s certainly understandable seeing as the Leafs don’t have a shortage of young and largely unproven goaltenders as it is. James Reimer and Ben Scrivens fit that bill and they might be their netminders going into the 2012-13 campaign.

Burke is interested in upgrading their goaltending “at a reasonable price,” but it’s looking more and more like they won’t be able to make a major change between the pipes unless a goalie that’s currently not being talked about enters the trade market or there’s another twist in the Luongo saga.

  1. zaksyuk - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Joey Macdonald? A older unproven goaltender might be the way to go !

    • polegojim - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      Joey has SOOOO proven himself under extreme pressure…. he held the Red Wings streak… and then made it happen!

      • zaksyuk - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Yea bro but getting 5 win’s on the wings when they were rolling in the middle of the year dosent prove nothin. He finished 5-4 with a hurt back mind you.

      • polegojim - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

        True, I hear you… true he’s not Jimmy, but the best measurement I know is what happens when under the most pressure.

        The guy flat delivered.

  2. nelsoncat77 - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    E.T. has the answer…..Elllllioooottttt

  3. yvrmike - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    If BB can convince Luongo to play in TO it will save his job. By now I am sure he is frustrated and would be willing to give Gillis what he wants to get Luongo. Say what you will about Luongos contract but his stats are awsome and whatever team he goes to he will be there NO. 1 goalie for the next 5 – 6 years and than he can retire.

    Luongo ranks second among active NHL goalies in career regular-season victories (339). He’s No. 4 in active save percentage and third in appearances.

    And despite his woes in the playoffs, where he’s 32-29, Luongo did produce enough nightly magic to help the Canucks earn the top seed in the West twice. Last year the two games that he played in the playoffs he played awsome, coach put Schneider in for a change Thats the only reason.

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Why on earth would Burke even make a move for Brodeur? It’s not like Toronto is slated to become any sort of contender within the next 2 years. MB will be retired loooooong before T.O. is of any sort of relevance in the NHL.

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