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With James Reimer emerging as a serious candidate to take over as the Toronto Maple Leafs No. 1 goaltender, it appears as if Burke will be looking to employ a 1-and-1A type of goaltending duo next season.
The subject of Brian Burke looking to sign Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been the topic of conversation, both in my own columns and within the media, for a few weeks now.
If Burke manages to sign the All-Star caliber Bryzgalov to a contract, the Maple Leafs’ organization will employ a plethora of goaltenders, which may necessitate one of the prospects being moved.
It is widely felt that Jussi Rynnas has more upside than Gustavsson and with Ben Scrivens also looking like a good bet to make the NHL someday, Burke might just look to unload Gustavsson, who, despite his health concerns, could garner significant interest from NHL teams.
Gustavsson is signed through 2011-12 at a cap hit of $1,350,000. Gustavsson’s upside and affordability make “the Monster” an attractive option for many NHL teams looking to add an element of depth to their organizational goaltending.
There are only so many spots for your goaltenders to play. Should Burke add a No. 1 goalie or a legitimate NHL backup, Gustavsson may very well be on his way out.