Maple Leafs wrinkle from crisis: What should Toronto do except for their two biggest goalkeepers?

This is very close to a worst-case scenario for maple leaves and wrinkle them.

Matt Murray Outside. still recovering from Injury close suffered On a morning ski three weeks ago. He was expected to miss at least four weeks, and he is almost certain to miss more. Leafs coach Sheldon Cave said Murray was still “a long way off” when the goalkeeper was seen on the ice earlier this week.

And now, of course, Ilya Samsonov He came out with a knee injury. How long is uncertain. Keefe had no update after the Leafs’ resounding win over Bruins On Saturday, the performance will inevitably be overshadowed by the precarious wrinkle condition.

All of the foregoing basically comes down to this: the fold belongs – for the time being – to Eric Calgrenwho played 18 games in the National Hockey League, has a bigger question mark behind him.

“I played a few games last year. I’ve played a few games this year. And I want to play of course,” Calgren said after stopping all seven shots he faced for his second straight win for the paper.

“I’m ready,” he added. “We’ll see what happens.”


Ilya Samsonov was injured in this play against the Bruins. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today)

Calgren’s been here before – sort of.

Last March, with Peter Marazek brawl (badly) and Jack Campbell After his injury, the Leafs turned to Källgren to calm things down. Although he didn’t have NHL At that point, Calgren did just that.

He turned in 35 keeping the shutdown against Dallas then beat Carolina After two nights.

Despite this, Calgren increasingly looked like a goalkeeper who wasn’t ready to play in the National Hockey League. More like an AHL goalkeeper. He won eight of his 14 appearances but scored only 0.888 savings. He gave up nearly eight more goals than expected.

In four games this season, Källgren has scored a .884 save percentage. He hasn’t scored a win yet. (Samsonov took the win on Saturday.)

And now the Leafs need him to be the man until one returns from Murray or Samsonov.

If it is short-term for Samsonov, it is clear that the scale of the problem is greatly diminished. It is not a crisis in this case. Källgren can stand for a few starts and be eligible. On the other hand, a long period of weeks can be a problem.

It can reveal leaf curl, which also includes the wound Joseph Wall.

“Not a lot of teams in the league have three injured goalkeepers in their system and they feel comfortable about that,” Keefe said. “But that’s the reality we have here now. Lucky for us, Källgren is the guy who has to come in and clean things up – it’s a position he’s been in and a position our team has been in, and we’re comfortable in that.”

It’s certainly an unfortunate set of circumstances for the Leafs, but it wasn’t one that would have been impossible to predict.

The Leafs made a big offseason bet on Murray, a goalkeeper who has struggled so hard to stay healthy in recent years. Murray’s injury would propel Calgren into a backup role. Samsonov’s injury will send Calgren into prime time.

Which is where we stand.

The Leafs chose not to add a third, safer, more experienced option in the summer. They may have seen enough in Källgren’s tenure with the NHL club last season to believe he can handle the duty of filling the void just like someone like Michael Hutchinson.

The Leafs have descended down Hutchinson’s Well frequently. Things didn’t go well, over and over again. Maybe they’re done with a guy like that. They probably didn’t think he’d be better than Calgren, regardless of his experience.

The problem with this approach is that it leaves the team’s wrinkles with so much at stake this season in weak and unproven hands.

Again, Samsonov probably won’t miss much time. Murray may be back in a few weeks. Perhaps Calgren could be fine in the meantime, especially if the team in front of him plays as they did against the Bruins.

“It’s really quiet and collected in the net,” Auston Matthews Källgren said. “He doesn’t really say much. But I think his demeanor speaks for him. His confidence speaks for itself. He’s really consistent there. So I think we all have a lot of confidence in him to go out there and win some games for us.”

Leafs can move quickly in the trade to increase the level of stability of the target.

The Vegas Golden Nights May offer one way. They have Laurent Prosuite on air conditioning loan In AHL right now, with Logan Thompson And the Aden Hill Both are with the NHL club.

They will most likely have to get rid of one goalkeeper.

Brossoit holds a cap of $2.325 million. Hill cost a little less – $2.175 million on the max. Thomson is their writer.

with Jake Muzin sidelineHowever, the Leafs have the lid space to add an expensive option if they so choose.

Vegas fourth guard? you betcha. Michael Hutchinson. (make it repeatedly???)

Could Aaron Dell’s previous Leaf feed be another possibility? He plays for AHL at the moment in Sharks the system. It comes by hitting the $775,000 ceiling only.

The Leafs’ short-term solution will obviously be Keith Petrozzelli, according to Elliot Friedman. Petroselli won his first six games for the Marleys this season. He’s a 6-foot-6 ex-boyfriend red wings Third round selection. He has yet to play an NHL game though, and in fact, he has played only 11 AHL games up until this point after he went on the college road.

Nicholas Ob-Koppel lost in concessions Leave the team with one contract slot available.

Calgren knew something was wrong with Samsonov when his teammate arrived on the bench feeling uncomfortable during the second period of TV layoff. Samsonov was injured Brad MarchandPenalty kick. His left knee bent awkwardly, but he played the remaining 15 minutes of the period.

Calgren overheard Samsonov talking to the medical staff and knew there was a problem.

“I’m just starting to mentally prepare to go in,” Calgren said.

He did his job, stopping all seven shots he faced to claim the biggest and best win of the season.

Now a lot may be needed.

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