Frederik Andersen making progress but won’t join the Leafs on the road trip

It’s probably not too much of a surprise that Andersen won’t join the Leafs on the road trip, as they are already in Winnipeg and it’s an awfully long bus ride there from Toronto, but in addition to missing Friday’s game against Winnipeg, Andersen also won’t be in Calgary on Sunday and Monday…

Sheldon Keefe said Frederik Andersen had follow up appointment today. The feedback is that he’s progressing well. #Leafs will continue to monitor him and reassess next week.
Won’t join Leafs on this trip.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 1, 2021

So this means a couple of things. First, progress is good, but progress can mean a lot of things.
Second, the earliest that the team will be back in Toronto with Andersen will be on Tuesday before their Wednesday game against Montreal. If the intention is to reassess him at that time, we can probably assume that Andersen won’t be in goal Wednesday either. That essentially means that if the Leafs want to get a look at Andersen in advance of the trade deadline to know the level he’s playing at it, it will Saturday the 10th against Ottawa. Given that it …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It’s time to move on from Frederik Andersen

Eight.
That is the number of consecutive times Frederik Andersen has lost a series-deciding game in his NHL career.
We saw the latest example last night, which might have been one of the most frustrating ones yet. Truth be told, he played well for the most part and did his darnedest to keep the Leafs in the game. But the two goals he allowed were very stoppable pucks that sucked the life out of Toronto’s push to try and win its first playoff series since 2004.
The first goal was a shot from the point that got deflected by a body in front, while the second goal came from a sharp angle and snuck through Andersen’s pads. It looked awfully similar to Joakim Nordstrom’s goal against the Leafs from Game 7 in 2019, which was also the dagger that ended their season. While he wasn’t the reason the team in front of him struggled to produce offensively all game long, the two rough goals he allowed certainly didn’t help Toronto’s chances.

Foudy scores from a sharp angle. 2-0 Blue Jackets. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/k3iNGUu7VY
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@ …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Frederik Andersen is concerned about the NHL coming back to play

Frederik Andersen is concerned about the NHL coming back to play.

On a conference call with reports Tuesday, he said there’s lots of things that need to be ironed out.
“I’m not quite 100 per cent confident yet,” Andersen told reporters on a conference call Tuesday. “I think the league is very adamant about working towards that [return]. I think once we get to the hub cities, everyone has to be confident [in those] and that the league will have a good setup. So once we get there we’ll be good, but I think it’s a matter of getting there first. It looks like there’s some more things that need to be ironed out first.
“I don’t think I have just one [concern]. There’s a few things that need to be figured out, and players have to vote on it, and I think we still have a little bit of a ways to go. The whole thing in general has got to make sense. Just with future CBA stuff [the league’s current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022], and obviously safety is …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

There’s no “Goaltending Controversy” because it’s a double goalie league now

Freddy Andersen, the Leafs’ starter, has been bad. Jack Campbell, the team’s back-up, has been good. What do we have here? A good old fashioned Goaltending Controversy? Not quite. Not in 2020, at least.

The odds that we get at least one “GOALTENDING CONTROVERSY?!?” headline in Toronto before the end of the season are like 100%, right?
— draglikepull (@draglikepull) February 13, 2020

Goaltending has been a major topic of conversation in Toronto all season, mostly because it hasn’t been very good. Andersen, who had been one of the most valuable players on the team in recent years, is having the worst season of his career, while back-up Michael Hutchinson came nowhere close to getting the job done in his role.
All told, the two of them have produced a save percentage just a shade over .900 in all situations, which has played a very key role in the reason the team ranks 27th in the league in goals against and is currently fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot.

What ails the Maple Leafs? A deep dive into grit, back-checking, leadership, and why the key to salvaging the season may ultimately come down to trading William Nylander.
My …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation