As we get closer to Christmas, I take a look at what should be on the Maple Leafs wish list. Maple Leafs general manager (GM) Kyle Dubas might need a Christmas miracle to give his team what they need. Let’s take a look at item number one on his wish list.
The Maple Leafs will need to find a veteran backup goaltender. One that can remain calm even if he lets in a bad goal. The current backup, Michael Hutchinson, get’s rattled too easily and loses his confidence. If your goaltender has no confidence, it is hard for the players in front of him to feel comfortable. Let’s take a look at some possible goaltenders for GM Kyle Dubas to target.
Ryan Miller (ANA)
Ryan Miller is on a one year contract for $1.125 million with a modified no trade clause (M-NTC). Miller had to submit a list of 6 teams he would accept a trade to. It is not known if Toronto is on that list or not. Miller is 39 years old and is playing in his 18th National Hockey League (NHL) season. Miller has played in nine games this season with a 4-2-2 record, with a 3.00 goals against average (GAA) and a .908 save percentage (SV%).
Alex Stalock (MIN)
Alex Stalock is on the first year of a three year deal with an annual cap hit of $785,000. The 32 year old has played in 17 games this season with a GAA of 2.91 and SV% of .906 with 8-4-2 record. This is Stalock’s 9th season in the NHL and he could be a good longer term option for the Maple Leafs incase prospect Joseph Woll is not NHL ready by next season.
Alexandar Georgiev (NYR)
Alexandar Georgiev is in the third and final year of his entry level contract (ELC) and will become an Restricted Free Agent (RFA) this summer. Although he is not a veteran goaltender, he has looked very good so far in his career. Georgiev’s current record is 8-5-1 with a GAA of 2.67 and a SV% of .926 with two shutouts. Trading for Georgiev will not be cheap for the Maple Leafs as the New York Rangers would be seeking a player, a prospect and a draft pick. If the Maple Leafs only plan on having him for the remainder of this season than that is a high price to pay. Kyle Dubas could get some of that back by trading Georgiev’s contract rights at the NHL draft in June.
If the Maple Leafs are looking for a short term stop gap while they wait for Joseph Woll to develop, then I think Miller is their best option. If the team feels that Woll needs more time in the American Hockey League (AHL) than I would say that Stalock is the better option. Stalock can always be traded if the Maple Leafs feel that Woll is ready. Should the Maple Leafs go after Georgiev, he would cost the most to acquire, but would shore up the goaltender position for years to come.
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