Toronto Maple Leafs: Which Goalie Is the Best Fit for the Leafs?

Curtis NgContributor IIIApril 1, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 29:  Goaltender Anders Lindback #39 of the Nashville Predators watches from the bench in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Predators 5-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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You can add Tim Thomas to the list of goaltenders the Toronto Maple Leafs should consider acquiring this summer.

The usual suspects—Roberto Luongo, Anders Lindback and Tomas Vokoun, to name a few—remain possibilities.

According to ESPN's Pierre Lebrun, Thomas is apparently thinking about taking a year off.

Bob McKenzie of TSN thinks this latest development is just a ploy on Thomas' part to cool any potential trade talks and adds that the Boston Bruins netminder is thought to be available.

A trade to Toronto might not be likely for Thomas, but it is possible.

The Bruins are certainly no strangers to blockbuster trades with their divisional rivals the Maple Leafs.

Thomas is 38 years old and has one year left on his contract which carries an annual cap hit of $5 million.

The cost of acquisition could easily be a roster player and a prospect, but would that outweigh the benefits of acquiring a Vezina and Stanley Cup-winning goalie who still has at least a couple years of good hockey left in him?

It will be interesting to see what the Leafs do to address their goaltending issue because numerous factors like age, contract length, experience and price will come into play in this situation.


Would it be worth it to trade for Tim Thomas, or should the Leafs sign soon-to-be free agent Tomas Vokoun for "free"?

Or, instead of acquiring a veteran goaltender who is likely to leave after a year or two, should the Leafs try to get a younger goalie like Josh Harding, Anders Lindback or even Jonathan Bernier?

It won't be cheap to acquire a young goaltender, but the potential benefits would be huge.

Given the chance, any one of them could blossom into a legitimate starter in the NHL. Also, it would be beneficial to have the team's core group of players, which would presumably include their new goalie, "grow old together", much like what the Edmonton Oilers are doing with their kids.

Of course, the Leafs have a couple young goalies of their own in Reimer and Scrivens who have aspirations of becoming legitimate No. 1 goalies in the NHL and aren't done developing by a long shot.

A younger goalie like Harding or Lindback would obviously not be appropriate choices if the Leafs are searching for a mentor for Reimer or Scrivens.

A veteran like Vokoun or Thomas would ideally give Toronto a year or two of stability in net and their backup (whoever that ends up being) a good teacher.

Roberto Luongo is, of course, a different story entirely.

At 33 years of age, he isn't young, but nor is he old.

He has a decade left on a contract that carries an annual cap hit of $5,333,333, but also has many years of quality hockey left in him.

Once he or his body decide he can't play anymore, he can either retire or be bought out.

Every possible candidate raises a different set of questions.

All things considered, which goalie do you think would be the best fit for the Leafs?


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