The Leafs goaltending this past season may not have been seen as a major strength, but it was far from an issue.
Though Jhonas Enroth started the past year in a rough way and subsequently was booted from the lineup, he was aided by some very strong play from Frederik Andersen down the stretch in his first season as a Leaf.
With uncertainty throughout the system if one of the Marlies’ tenders can step it up, the Leafs have to explore their options as the offseason is now in full swing.
Curtis McElhinney is currently an unrestricted free agent and while most probably wouldn’t mind him on a one-year deal, there are definitely other options to be exploring for the Leafs as a backup goaltender.
Yesterday, the Dallas Stars made some waves (and turned a few heads) when they decided to make a push for former Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and most recently Los Angeles Kings netminder Ben Bishop. Though Bishop is an UFA heading into this offseason, it’s believed he’s around the corner from signing a longer-term deal with the Stars.
So today’s question is, would you consider making a move for one of the Stars’ current goalies in Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen?
(Note: both of them are signed for another year at 4.5M, for Niemi and 5.9M, for Lehtonen.)
What would you give up or propose? Does it even mean anything with the expansion draft moving forward?
Leave your comments below and argue amongst yourselves.