August 24 2016 03:00PM
With Jhonas Enroth and the Toronto Maple Leafs coming to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract on Monday, the Leafs seemingly etched their goaltending duo in stone for the 2016-2017 season. Popular opinion would have the new combination of Enroth and Frederik Andersen as an upgrade over last year's initial tandem of James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier, and Leafs supporters generally seem to be breathing a sigh of relief over not having to carry an untested prospect or project goaltender as their #2 into the new season.
That said, we would all be remiss if we didn't at least attempt to take this view from anecdote to evidence-based argument, so let's take a dive into some of the non-traditional metrics that may give us a better idea of what to expect in transitioning from Reimer and Bernier to Andersen and Enroth.
August 24 2016 02:03PM
If yesterday was, for lack of a better word, "say the jarring thing" day at TLN, today is goaltending day. Jhonas Enroth finally let a city exhale earlier this week by signing a long-awaited one year contract, and now he will let us ask today's WWYDW topic...
How many games are they going to be playing these guys?
August 24 2016 09:18AM
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That sound you heard this week wasn't exactly thunderous in terms of a celebratory UFA signing by the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but it did make many breathe easier, in that Jhonas Enroth stabilizes the backup goaltender position going into this transitional 2016-17 season, behind Fredrik Andersen, signing a rather perfunctory one-year, $750k contract.
This move does a lot of things for the Leafs -- they get a veteran backup, and one that looked quite good in just 13 starts last year in Los Angeles. Yes, the Kings are a pretty damn fine team to play in net for -- and last season, Jonathan Quick led all NHL goalies in starts with a whopping 68. Hey, he didn't even TOUCH Andrew Raycroft's 72 from the ill-fated 2006-07 season, so we'll always have that!
But it's the most intriguing year in a long time to watch the Maple Leafs' goaltenders -- and yet intrigue, not to mention chaos and disorder have really ruled the crease for the Leafs, really ever since the lockout.
August 24 2016 07:37AM
It took 125 picks before Dmytro Timashov came off the board at the 2015 Entry Draft and I'd bet 29 other teams wouldn't mind a do-over. After another tantalizing season in the QMJHL and an eye-opening performance at the World Juniors, Timashov's stock has risen exponentially over the past year, jumping from #18 in last year's rankings, to #5 at midterm, and #8 here (we had to make some room for new prospects). Again, 124 other players were taken ahead of him making Timashov look like a steal one year later.
August 23 2016 12:03PM
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When the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Roman Polak to a $2.25M contract last month, did they do it with the intention of having him play some or all of the 2016-17 NHL season with the Toronto Marlies? The question seems silly. Why would you sign a player to a $2.25M NHL contract if you wanted him to play for your minor league affiliate? I admit that it is not the most likely scenario. No team that I can think of has ever done something like it. The Leafs probably intend for him to be an NHL player. And yet there are a few pieces of evidence that hint at the possibility that the question might not be as bizarre as it initially seems.