A Look at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Goalie Situation

July 1st, 2010 by Cory Crabtree Leave a reply »
Oh to be back in 2002.

The Leafs made it to the conference finals, Mats Sundin had 80 points and Tie Domi racked up eight full periods worth of penalties. The Leafs also had consistency in net, something they have searched for since Curtis Joseph's departure at the end of 2001-2002.

For a while the Leafs thought they had found it in veteran Ed Belfour, who produced two stellar seasons for the team in 2003 and 2004 but failed to return to form after the lockout.

Since the lockout, the Achilles heel of the Leafs has been goaltending. In the four seasons after Belfour’s departure, 14 different goalies have seen time between the pipes.

During last season, which culminated in the embarrassing second worst record, it may have been goaltending that really sunk the Leaf’s chances. They finished almost dead last in goals against and only J.S. Giguère, a trade deadline acquisition, posted a top 30 save percentage.

But as the saying goes it’s better to look to the future than dwell on the past and next season’s goaltending looks to be improved.

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