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Nonis: Leafs still looking to acquire experienced goalie

Feb 18, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis says his club is still looking to add a veteran presence between the pipes.

“Yes,” Nonis replied, when asked by TSN1050’s Dave Naylor if Toronto was still looking to acquire an experienced goalie. “Both our goalies are aware of it, it’s not that we don’t think we have NHL-calibre goaltenders, or goalies with the ability to become very good starting goaltenders.

“But if we could add someone to help them along, a veteran that would help them grow, then we would do it.”

Toronto’s goaltending is awfully green right now with starting netminder James Reimer sidelined (MCL strain), leaving backup Ben Scrivens — he of the 19 career NHL appearances — to handle the load.

Third-stringer Jussi Rynnas has just two games of NHL experience, so he’s an emergency option at best.

The issue isn’t how well that group has handled things so far — Reimer has been solid, Scrivens outstanding in relief — but rather how they’ll react when things heat up.

The Leafs looked to be postseason-bound in 2011-12 but collapsed badly down the stretch, missing the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

The weight of that collapse was shouldered largely by Reimer (23 then, now 24) and partly by Scrivens (25 then, 26 now), leading many to suggest an older, more experienced goalie would prove crucial when the pressure rises.

Count Nonis among them — assuming he can find such a guy.

“At this point, there hasn’t been a veteran available, at least not at a price that makes any sense for us,” Nonis explained. “To the credit of both our goaltenders, they’ve stepped up and played very, very well.

“It hasn’t changed — we’d like to give them some help, some guidance along the way. But if that’s not available at a reasonable price, we’re content to go with the two we have.”

So…no Luongo, then?

  1. 19to77 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Backstrom will be a UFA at year’s end, as will Mike Smith. Though the Leafs don’t want someone to compete for starter, so… Garon, Emery, Theodore, Nabokov, Chris Mason, they’re all theoretically up for grabs.

    Oh yeah, and I hear that Fasth guy is supposed to be pretty okay, too. Jeez, not a bad market for goalies this offseason.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      But realistically, how many of those will be available still or fit the bill of a goalie with more experience that can still win games for them? Backstrom is the one maybe I can see if Minny keeps Harding and Hackett, but Smith will likely be re-signed by Phoenix (same with Fasth unless either demands the moon for their next contract). If Smith doesn’t get re-signed, it’s probably going to be because he hasn’t been nearly as good as last year. The other options (maybe Nabby) are pretty speculative for a team trying to reach the playoffs and I’d actually consider it a very thin UFA pool for goalies this year.

  2. hallsy86 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Probably should have re-signed Giguere then…

  3. rushledger - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Brent Johnson.

  4. kingsforever - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Marty Turco?

  5. nsducksfan - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Hiller for kadri draw up the papers lets get it done

    • withseidelinn - Feb 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      The Leafs leading scorer and best prospect for an over the hill below average goalie? No thank you.

  6. jhuck92 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Word on the street is Dominik Hasek is looking for a comeback

  7. valoisvipers - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    “But if we could add someone to help them along, a veteran that would help them grow, then we would do it.”
    Um Isn’t that the job of the goalie coach? Looks like Burke’s Leafs are starting to gel,Kadri showing some poise,the 2 goalies have been solid and the Leafs are winning some games.This with a broken Lupul (did I spell that backwards?) and a misfiring Kessel.
    Just say No to Luongo!

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