The inconsistent Toronto Maple Leafs got more bad news on Monday when goaltender Frederik Andersen went down to an injury in the first period of the Maple Leafs loss to the Florida Panthers and Andersen didn’t return. He’s now listed as day-to-day.
With the news, the report from Luke Fox of Sportsnet becomes increasingly important. Fox writes that the Maple Leafs have looked at several potential trade options as they try to navigate their goaltending situation. Among the potential players GM Kyle Dubas might try to acquire is Jack Campbell of the Los Angeles Kings.
Campbell played well last season but hasn’t been terrific this season. That, in part, can be accounted to a lousy Los Angeles Kings team in front of him. Still, without a ton of help, in 20 NHL games through the 2019-20 season, he’s managed a .900 save percentage. To the Maple Leafs, speculation is his numbers would increase under their system.
Fox reports Kyle Dubas has “kicked tires” on Campbell the most attractive part about his deal — beyond that he could be an upgrade over Michael Hutchinson — is his salary. He makes only $675k this season and he’s locked in for two more season after this one with a $1.65 million salary. That’s extremely beneficial this year for the Leafs who are tight against the cap and while not ideal for next season, is workable knowing they’ll need to tread carefully on salaries.
As the Maple Leafs continue to look into this situation, they have recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Head coach Sheldon Keefe said Michael Hutchinson will start tomorrow in New York against the Rangers.
Andersen still being evaluated to determine the timeline for a return.
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