The Toronto Maple Leafs have made some sharp moves over the past few years to help build out a competitive team. Whether it’s to sign low-cost free agents that can fill demanding positions like forward Michael Bunting, or fixing mistakes like trading forward Nick Ritchie to the Arizona Coyotes for useful defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin, Kyle Dubas has seemed to find a way.
But where the Leafs GM has missed hard, as of late, is in the goaltending position. And it appears as though he’s ready to find a solution for it.
As first reported by NorthStar Bets’ Chris Johnston, the Leafs will not renew the contract of goaltending coach Steve Briere when it expires at the end of the month. And while it’s hard to blame the team’s goalie coach for much of the team’s inability to develop netminders, the dismissal of Briere has less to do with the job he has done and more about the future of the position.
In the time Dubas has been GM of the Maple Leafs, he brought in Jack Campbell in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings in 2020. It was a shrewd move that saw the Leafs upgrade their depth in goal behind Frederik Andersen. One season later, Campbell overtook Andersen in the starter’s role.
Moving on from Andersen, the Leafs signed Petr Mrazek to a three-year, $11.4 million contract on July 28, 202 …
Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation