Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Goaltender Ben Scrivens
On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they had re-signed goaltender Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract.
Per ESPN's Pierre LeBrun:
Scrivens deal with Leafs: 2012-13 $600,000 2013-14 $625,000
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) September 12, 2012
Scrivens carried the Toronto Marlies on his back during the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs, going 11-6-0-3 in 17 games played while recording a 1.92 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage.
With this signing, the Leafs have made it clear that they are comfortable moving forward with Scrivens and James Reimer as their goalie tandem.
This statement came right after his assertion that "we have said from the get-go that if we get an opportunity to upgrade at the goaltending position, we're going to do it...but it's not a frantic search."
Depending on how important you think acquiring a No. 1 centreman is for the Leafs, upgrading the goaltending position is likely either the highest or the second highest priority for the club moving forward.
How desperate should the Leafs be for a goalie upgrade?
The question is, should the search be frantic?
Neither Scrivens nor Reimer have proven themselves to be genuine NHL starting goaltenders, but they have shown promise.
They're both under contract for two more years, so if they pan out, management will be content to continue kicking the tires as opposed to seriously considering an upgrade.
The 2012-13 season, if it happens, will be a far more interesting year than we're used to as far as Leaf fans are concerned.
A couple bad contracts (Tim Connolly and Matthew Lombardi) are coming off the books, key prospects like Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin are poised to have breakout seasons and the Leafs will finally get to figure out what they've got with Reimer and Scrivens.
We'll find out in less than a year whether or not more urgency was called for with regards to the goalie search.
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