Evgeni Nabokov to Maple Leafs?

Toronto is off to a hot start in the NHL, and with the changes the Maple Leafs made this off-season, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time in several years. One of the biggest concerns for the team is the lack of a quality backup at goalie, but that could change if the latest rumor comes to fruition.

The latest news from Bleacher Report has the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov. The team already has a young star in the making in net minder James Reimer, but Jonas Gustavsson who is the team’s number two, has not proven he has the necessary skills to lead this team if needed.

Coach Ron Wilson has a rapport with Nabokov, and the veteran could bring some much-needed leadership and guidance to Toronto. Gustavsson is just 7-15-2 over the last year and has a goal against average over 3.30, and that won’t be enough to keep Toronto playing at the level they have started this NHL season.


5 Responses to Evgeni Nabokov to Maple Leafs?

  1. MystifoLeafs says:

    Thought what a good move but then I realized it came from Bleacher Report and said "Its impossible now." I don't mind reading things posted by fans but anything from bleacher report I have read now has been just plain awful.

  2. blaze says:

    Not saying this will or will not happen but see how easy it would be to go out and find a sevicable backup. Don't understand why people are so concerned about the lack of back up Gustavsson had a good night tonight.

    On another note this is the deepest Leaf team I remember in years. It would be a breeze trading for a backup with all the potential assets available for trade.

  3. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I agree completely. Regardless whether Reimer was ready or not I thought Gustavsson should've gotten the start tonight based on his play against Philly. He was still a bit shaky but you can see his talent eh? Please no Nabokov….no more Toskola's!

  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    Problem is you have to give Gustavsson a shot. Unless you make a blockbuster deal where he is a piece, you cannot just let him go. If Reimer is gone long term, then yes, absolutely go out and get a Nabokov. But for Nabokov, I would only give up a 5th or a really low-end prospect, maybe both.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Nabakov is definitely better than Toskala ever was. But, ya Monster is looking good, so no worries. Still….. get healthy JR

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