Going into next season, there are some huge question marks surrounding the Leafs' goaltending situation. James Reimer has shown flashes of brilliance in his time with the Leafs, even though his season was derailed last year after suffering a neck injury early in the year. Ben Scrivens had a great playoff run with the Toronto Marlies last spring, but didn't look ready for the show in his 12 NHL appearances last season.
It’s unclear whether or not Leafs General Manager Brian Burke really feels comfortable starting the season with a combined 83 games of experience between the pipes. If he doesn't, then trading for help is a must.
One should also keep in mind that Scrivens is no longer waiver exempt, meaning that if another goalie was brought in to form a tandem with Reimer, Scrivens would need to first clear waivers before being sent down to the Marlies. It’s hard to believe another team wouldn't claim a talented goalkeeper such as Scrivens. Therefore, if Toronto does trade for another goaltender, the Leafs would essentially be giving up whatever the price is to acquire the other goalie, plus Scrivens. Just something to keep in mind.
Here are five goalies the Leafs should consider adding to help their goaltending situation.