It appears that a goalie overhaul for the Leafs wasn’t just for the two goalies in the crease, as they have decided to move on from a member of their coaching staff.
NEWS: The #leafs are parting ways with goaltending coach Steve Briere and intend to do an analysis of that department while conducting a search for his replacement.
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— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 9, 2022
Steve Briere’s current contract expires at the end of June and the Leafs opted not to renew it. Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs are going to do an analysis of Briere’s work with the team in addition to finding his replacement.
Having joined the Leafs in July 2015, a mere two months after the team hired Mike Babcock, it has been a mixed bag in the seven years with Briere as the goalie coach. While he played a role in the team having two All-Stars (Frederik Andersen in 2020, Jack Campbell in 2022), it was also mired by a steady decline in team save percentage over the past three seasons.
There have only been two campaigns where the Leafs had a team save percentage over .910 and have ranked 15th or worse over the past three years. Additionally, Toronto has had the second-best goalie in all six of their playoff series over this six-year stretch of postseason appearances.
The decision to move on from Briere comes at a time when there is uncertainty regarding the goaltending tandem. Campbell is a UFA and has likely priced himself out of a return for next season and beyond. Petr Mrazek has two years remaining on his deal, but all signs point to him being on the move either via a buyout or trade.
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