Erik Kallgren has set himself up to be in contention for the backup role for 2022-23

An area of concern for the Leafs to take care of this summer will almost certainly be the goaltending.
By most accounts, Jack Campbell appears to have priced himself out of Toronto and they will try and find a new home for Petr Mrazek after putting him on waivers at the deadline and not reinserting him for the playoffs once he was cleared to return. Meaning the goalie rotation is likely going to look very different by the time opening night rolls around.
Who emerges as the Leafs’ starter for the coming season remains unclear. It could end up being Campbell if he agrees to a hometown discount. Maybe it becomes an option in free agency that fulfills their needs such as Eric Comrie or Darcy Kuemper. Or the answer could be via a big trade, especially given the Leafs still have their first-round pick in hand and it could be used as part of a package to bring in an established netminder (ie: John Gibson).
The Leafs could go in any direction for who takes the mantel of the starting job, but they will not need to think too hard about who will be their backup. That is because Erik Kallgren has earned himself a longer look with the top club and is in contention to become their backup.

Forgot to post the Leafs reaction to Erik Kallgren’s shutout last night. pic.twitter.com/06PGe5vgc5
— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) March 16, 2022

Kallgren was originally brought into the fold on a two-year entry-level contract and came with an impressive track record that made him an intriguing addition to …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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