Possible players in system:
Ben Scrivens - (6'2, 192lbs, NHL 12GP 4-5-2, .903%, 3.13GAA, AHL 39GP 22-15-1, .926%, 2.04GAA)
He won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Award (it's the equivalent of the William M. Jennings award in the NHL) for allowing the fewest goals in the regular season . Besides having a five hole that "you can drive a truck through" (Kyle Magas,goalie scout), Scrivens has fantastic positioning and a calming influence that he extends outwards to his team.
He does a weird thing with his glove where, in a ready position, he holds it perpendicular to the ice and tries to almost bat the puck away. This tends to leave holes both above and below his shoulder and causes him to give up more juicy rebounds than most goalies.
Most pundits believe this to be a direct influence of Francois Allaire (the Leafs goalie coach) but regardless, his glove hand, rebound control and five hole all need to be fixed before he's a realistic option at the NHL level. He had a great showing at the end of the season when called up by the Leafs, but it wasn't his skill that helped the Leafs to play better; it was that unlike Reimer and Gustavsson, at that point Scrivens actually had confidence in himself and that confidence spread to the team.
He's still 2-3 years away from being a legitimate NHL goalie (if he can even reach that status) but is a more than capable call up to cover for injuries.
Jussi Rynnas - (6'5, 205lbs, AHL 22GP, 11-9-1, .910%, 2.55GAA)
He's a big, Finnish, diamond in the rough and possesses all the tools (especially the physical ones, he's a big big guy) to develop into a more than capable NHL net minder; whether he actually does remains to be seen.
If Scrivens does indeed move on to the NHL (with the Leafs or another team) Rynnas would be given the keys to the Marlies and be expected to run with it. That would be the best thing for his development as he needs to get in something more along the lines of 40+ games before the Leafs will really get a sense for what they have in him.
He also needs to prove that he can be more reliable injury wise, as he's had several broken or sprained fingers that have kept him out of games and reduced his playing time. He's at least 2 years away from really challenging for an NHL job.
Possible Free agent options:
Tomas Vokoun - (UFA) (6'1, 210lbs, 48GP, 25-17-2, .917%, 2.51GAA)
Same kind of deal with this veteran goaltender, who can be a positive mentor for Reimer and be good in the room while helping to secure the Number 1 role. With Vokoun, based on what we saw of him in Washington, it is unlikely that we can ask 60+ games of him anymore, so if he is signed it'll be more of a 50-32 game split between him and Reimer or perhaps more of an even 42-40 split. He's still a borderline elite goaltender however and his addition would go a long way to improving the Leafs playoff chances next season.
(Probable cost: 2.5-3M for 2-3years)
Josh Harding - (UFA) (6'1, 197lbs, 34GP, 13-12-4, .917, 2.62GAA)
Bringing Harding in is asking for trouble for Burke. The reason is that Harding is a young guy who hasn't had the role of a starter in the NHL or any significant game time (he has only played in 117 NHL games; for point of comparison, Gustavsson has played in 107).
Bringing in another unproven young guy to either backup, share or take over starting duties from/with Reimer is literally what just happened for the Leafs this year, and it is a formula that doesn't work in the media hurricane that is Toronto. Harding also has a history of injury ... man, is it just me or does this really not feel exactly like we're talking about Gustavsson here?
No dice. He's a solid guy, but with the fact that he played in a much more defensive system in Minnesota, the injury history, the youth, and lack of experience it just makes it insane (note: definition of insanity is doing the same damn things over and over again and expecting a different result). The only way Toronto grabs Harding is if none of the other trade options mentioned here pan out and all the other veteran goalie options are snapped away annnd if Ben Scrivens is deemed not quite ready for NHL duty. That is a lot of "ands".
(Probable cost: 1.2-1.8M for 2-4years)
Carey Price - (RFA) (6'3, 219lbs, 65GP, 26-28-11, .916%, 2.43GAA)
This is just a crazy idea, but hear me out anyways. Carey Price is an RFA and has had a lot of spats with the media and fans and the pressure cooker that is Montreal. Maybe after everything the organization has put him through he'd be willing to accept an offer sheet with the Leafs or force a trade to them; going to Toronto would really be the ultimate "Suck It" to Montreal fans and management.
Now from Burke's angle you have a chance to either get a top 5 goaltender who is only 24 and would instantly stabilize your back end for the next decade, or if Montreal matches the offer sheet, you have a chance to seriously affect a divisional and longtime hated rival's cap structure. It's a win-win situation that Burke would at least have to consider attacking, regardless of his feelings on offer sheets and RFA's.
Carey Price would be a major investment, but we already know that he can handle high stakes pressure (see WJC Gold Medal and Calder Cup) and high pressure media situations (Montreal and hockey is like a bull in a china shop: every issue involving the Canadiens' organization gets blown up to epic proportions).
(Probable cost: Offer Sheet - 45.5M over 7 years aka 6.5M for 7 years /
Trade route - Reimer, Gunnarsson, Colbourne, Scrivens, 2nd 2012, 1st 2013...and take Scott Gomez)
Chris Mason - (UFA) (6'0, 195lbs, 20GP, 8-7-1, .898%, 2.59GAA)
Consummate professional, great locker room presence and teammate. He may have lost a step or two and definitely isn't the NHL starter he used to be for Nashville and St.Louis back in the day but Mason has proven himself to be a capable backup and great mentor figure to Winnipeg's Ondrej Pavelec. Burke could do a lot worse than this all around good guy.
(Probable cost: 1.5-2.0M for 1-2years)