At first blush, it does not appear that the free agent market contains many potential goaltending saviours this summer, if any at all. Here is the list of the more prominent potential UFAs among goaltenders, including their 2011-12 cap hits:
Cristobal Huet, Chicago ($5,625,000); Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils ($5,200,000); Dwayne Roloson, Tampa Bay ($3,000,000); Antero Niittymaki, San Jose ($2,000,000); Chris Mason, Winnipeg ($1,850,000); Michael Leighton, Philadelphia ($1,550,000); Dan Ellis, Anaheim ($1,500,000); Tomas Vokoun, Washington ($1,500,000); Johan Hedberg, New Jersey ($1,250,000); Scott Clemmensen, Florida ($1,200,000): Alex Auld, Ottawa ($1,000,000); Martin Biron, Rangers ($875,000); Johan Backlund, Philadelphia ($800,000); Ty Conklin, Detroit ($750,000); Josh Harding, Minnesota ($750,000); Andrew Raycroft, Dallas Stars ($650,000); Yann Danis, Edmonton ($650,000); Curtis McElhinney, Phoenix ($625,000); Al Montoya, Islanders ($601,000); Ray Emery, Chicago ($600,000); Curtis Sanford, Columbus ($600,000); Brent Johnson, Pittsburgh ($600,000); Evgeni Nabokov, Islanders ($570,000). Brodeur, Roloson and Hedberg are in the twilight of their careers. Vokoun puts up respectable numbers but always seems to miss the playoffs. Do you take a chance on Nabokov? Emery? Montoya? A trade might be a better route to go for Toronto, but how steep will the price be for a kid like the Kings Jonathan Bernier? Keep in mind that teams like Tampa Bay and Columbus also are in the hunt for help between the pipes. As for the Canucks Cory Schneider, just can’t see Vancouver making a deal with Toronto given the animosity between the two organizations.http://www.torontosun.com/2012/03/08/gustavssons-fatal-flaw

71 Responses to PIPE DREAMS

  1. reinjosh says:

    I think he is. It is only his second season here so its more than likely he's going through a sophomore slump. The team is so young anyways, I don't see the harm in giving him another shot next year. But Burke needs to have a better backup plan than another young goalie with as much experience as Reimer.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Pretty much agree. Although I might take Dumba instead of Murray if I'm Edmonton but really they couldn't go wrong with either. 

    Columbus needs to add a guy like Yakupov if only for marketing purposes. Montreal would fix their center issue with Grigorenko. 
    Carolina will probably take a forward. Rutherford isn't a fan of taking dman that high and with Murphy and Faulk its less of a need. I could see them taking Forsberg but they might go for a center and take Gally. 
    The Isles need that number 1 guy badly. They have the forwards and they are very much in the same situation as Edmonton. They need to add a defensive stud. 
    The Wild also need to do that. They reworked their offense like crazy and with Coyle, Granlund, Zucker in addition to Koivu, Seto, Heatley (and Latendresse if he reups) they have a much bigger need on defense.
    I'd add Faksa to the Toronto list. Might even take him over Gaunce to be honest. He's only slightly smaller, and is probably more talented than him. Plus he has some nice leadership talents.
  3. LeafsFTW17 says:

    If Gustavsson could find a way not to let in a weak goal every night, I think he could be a goalie like Fleury or Lethonen.. He makes saves every night on shots that should go in but always lets in a weak one or two.  His Defence always leaves him out to dry a few times a night too.  

    Oh and to be a goalie like Fleury or Lethonen not only would he have to learn not to let in a weak goal everygame, he would need to learn to play the puck.

    I think Gus is 3 steps away from being a top goalie, consistancy, puck control and avoid letting in a weak one everygame.  He is 27 so he might not be able to do that but often goalies don't reach their potential until their 30s.

  4. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I really hope we can find away to get rid of Connolly, Lombardi, Armstrong and Komisarek. I know it's asking for a lot but anything is possible.

    I'd trade Bozak if we only had us for him on the 4th line, he's not a 4th liner and has value to his name.

    Oh and we don't have Boyce anymore, he is with CBJ.

  5. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I've watched Colborne a few times in the AHL, he is not NHL ready yet. 
    I think another year is best for him but if we draft Galchenyuk then I'd trade him and/or Kadri for a #1 goalie forsure.

    If we draft Galchenyuk then we have 3 centers with potential to be impact players.

    Galchenyuk could = Backstrom
    Colborne could = Thornton
    Kadri could = Ribiero

    What goalies are available for trade?  We certainly have the assets to get one but are there any avail.?  I Halak going to be avail.?

  6. glotz_99 says:

    Hey who owns and runs this website? 

  7. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    why do you dislike the grabo signing? gal will have a 3 year entry deal and if we have 2 #1 centres and a 1b centre in grabovski what would be wrong with that? do you see how dominant pitsburg is with 3 number 1 centres? and we have great wingers to compliment our centreman. and id simply just let lombardi, connolly, komisarek walk so when its time to resign gal and colborne and gardiner we wont have any difficulty because all of our forwards will be off the books. If we manage our cap right we wont have to worry. 

    Colborne will probably resign after his entry level deal for cheap for a couple years but gal (if plays up to hype) may look for big bucks right after the entry level deal.
    Resignings that can be dangerous for us too keep our eye on an hope the term doesnt hand cuff us in lets say 4 years (kessel will need to be resigned around the same time) are:
    1) Macarthur – will probably turn out to be a good player but if he asks for 4.5 mill we have to let him walk. we'll have a log jam of forwards upfront and macarthur may be the most likely to see walk as a cap casualty. We should gage his length to end in about 3/4 years to prevent this. 
    2) Lupul – definately overachieving this year. If he proves this again next season he'll be looking for a healthy raise. I would do everything to keep this guy so its not like we should let this guy walk in 3 years but if he signs for 5.5+ like grabo ended up getting, i say thats just to expensive of a support winger and would make valuable trade bait when resigning days call.
    3) Kulimen – been very inconsistent, id still try to resign him about 3.5 mill for 3 years. if he bounces back he can be a bargain at 3.5 but if he doesnt, he'll still be a very good 3rd line guy and although expensive.. term ends before we have to resign our big guys. 
    4) Big ticket Player:  If we play ourselves into 9th place for a shittier pick like we usually do. I would have no problem trying to trade/sign a big ticket UFA or center. If we draft a guy like gal i would stay clear of trying to trade for a guy like Carter (long term center), Staal (8mill + cap hit) or even nash, (7.8+ cap hit) because they could handicap us for resigning our key players when we already would have good supporting wingers. We have to solidify our center positions before our wings. Only player i would try signing is parise for 5 or less years for 7 mill because it makes sense and works out in term. 
  8. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i kind of agree with you, colborne is on the fence, he may not  be ready now.. thats why he's in the ahl.. but after a full offseason of training and working out id look for him to surprise in training camp. I just dont see kadri being a good fit at centre anymore, d-zone is bad and too small.. he may develop into a decent winger tho. I would make him the most available out of our prospects tho, still higher value but i would pick colborne over him for sure. 

    I cant see how you compare him to ribiero tho.. i could be wrong but isnt ribiero slow.. kadri's fast, i see kadri more of a sniper then playmaker like ribiero, ribiero tries to slow the play down off the rush while kadri is more of a one on one off the rush kind of guy. They are similiar in the shootout tho. Just my opinion if he ends up to be a ribiero type player id love it tho
  9. toronto77 says:

    i'm not big on Halak for some reason.

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  12. LeafsFTW17 says:

    It's hard to watch your fav team play when you want them to lose..

    I hope they don't bring back the redline, less goals isn't what we need in the league right now.

    Also it's kind of crazy how high the salary cap will get next year, 69m or even 72m…

  13. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Never mind the tank thing…that game was hard to watch period! Didn't Burke swear we'd never play that style under his watch? Bet he wished, (and Carlyle wished), he'd have hung on to Aulie. That was ugly watching Hartnell taking over. Wow….this Leaf team is in a state of disarray.

  14. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Yeah I was never a big fan of that trade but it makes sence. We don't really have room for Aulie and Ashton has the size and potential to be a good 3rd liner one day.

     What I was hoping a while ago was that the leafs wouldn't re-sign Liles and would go into the next season with the pairings of:

  15. LeafsFTW17 says:

    What are the chances of Galchenyuk being NHL ready next year and playing 1st line center?

  16. dumbassdoorman says:

    Better chance of that then us getting to draft him, ughhh cause we as fans are not that lucky…..and even if we do some idiot will cry that we drafted yet another American player….lol

  17. LeafsFTW17 says:

    yeah we'll probably come 9th in the east and like 19th overal…

  18. toronto77 says:

    I wonder if Burke acquired Ashton knowing that he was going to hire Carlyle. Carlyle already mentioned his close connection with the family and says a lot of great things about him. Maybe it was Carlyle's decision to bring up Ashton of all marlies players.

    I listen to brady and Lang some mornings and it pisses me off when brady says "Burke cannot make any trades this off-season with the contracts he has, he just can't". Like shut up man. Burke has to make some major changes this off-season cuz there is no way that this team can be successful under Carlyle, or any coach for that matter simply because they are not tough enough. I don't care if you are a tough team like boston or a skilled team like the leafs, all 30 teams in the league need toughness, and the leafs have to be one of the weakest teams in the league right now.
  19. dumbassdoorman says:

    I know Carlyle says he is playing Gus, because he was told he was playing the better hockey of the two and that he is playing the guy giving them the best chance to win. That being said, the team generally takes more chances with Reimer in net, so is it a fair assesment? Is he going to give Reimer a chance to take the ball and roll, like he has Gus? I say this because no matter how well Gus or Reimer plays, I just don't think they should be our tandem next season. I know it has been pointed out there are not a ton of options, but I truely feel we need a vet to go forward.

  20. KingCanada says:

    Yes he does play well at times but he always manages to let that horrible goal in, once a game…its like clockwork!  There's a reason he is let to dry.

    Playing in front of a goalie like that who isnt concentrating can deflate any team.

    I wish we traded him.. We clearly missed the playoffs and it woulda been nice to have an extra 2nd rounder.

  21. KingCanada says:

    I believe its Trademan and Hockey_lover

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