Let’s face it, the goaltending tandem of Vesa Toskala and Curtis Joseph are not getting the job done for the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs need an elite goaltender that can play 50-60 games a season; a legitimate number one.
Who is out there? Nikolia Khabibulin and Manny Fernandez are.
With the Chicago Blackhawks signing Chistabel Huet long term this past off-season, it looks as if that Khabibulin is the odd man out.
Khabibulin, 36 is a Stanly Cup winning goaltender and a show stopper with his flashy style. Khabibulin is a work horse playing more than 50 games in 10 of his 12 NHL seasons. This season he has seen 13 wins, three losses, and a .929 save percentage.
His knowledge and experience would greatly help the Leafs goaltender of the future Justin Pogge bridge the gap between the AHL and the NHL.
What would it take to acquire the “Bulin Wall”? More than likely the Hawks would want a solid defenseman and a scrappy forward which would most likely end up being Tomas Kaberle and Ryan Hollweg.
Manny Fernandez, 34 from Etobicoke, Ontario is quietly having a great season playing behind Tim Thomas posting a record of 14-3. Why would the Bruins be willing to trade Fernandez?
Easy, they have a long playoff run ahead of them so they are going to need a real No. 2 defenseman to play with Zdeno Chara, also they have a great young goaltender in waiting in the wings in former Maple Leafs draft pick Tuukka Rask.
The Bruins would be looking for a defenseman in return for Fernandez to add them in their enviable playoff run. It looks like Pavel Kubina would be the choice in this case. Boston could use another big shut down defenseman.