The Leafs won’t renew goalie coach Steve Briere’s contract

It appears that a goalie overhaul for the Leafs wasn’t just for the two goalies in the crease, as they have decided to move on from a member of their coaching staff.

NEWS: The #leafs are parting ways with goaltending coach Steve Briere and intend to do an analysis of that department while conducting a search for his replacement.
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— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 9, 2022

Steve Briere’s current contract expires at the end of June and the Leafs opted not to renew it. Chris Johnston reported that the Leafs are going to do an analysis of Briere’s work with the team in addition to finding his replacement.
Having joined the Leafs in July 2015, a mere two months after the team hired Mike Babcock, it has been a mixed bag in the seven years with Briere as the goalie coach. While he played a role in the team having two All-Stars (Frederik Andersen in 2020, Jack Campbell in 2022), it was also mired by a steady decline in team save percentage over the past three seasons.
SEASON
SV%
LEAGUE RANK
2015-16
.904
25th
2016-17
.912
13th
2017-18
.917
5th
2018-19
.908
10th
2019-20
.901
18th
2020-21
.905
15th
2021-22
.900
22nd
There have only been two campaigns where the Leafs had a team save percentage over .910 and have ranked 15th or worse over the past three years. Additionally, Toronto has had the second-best goalie in all six of their playoff series over this six-year stretch of postseason appearances.
The decision to move on from Briere comes at a time when there is uncertainty regarding the goaltending tandem. Campbell is a UFA and has likely priced himself out of a return for next season and beyond. Petr Mrazek has two years remaining on his deal, but all signs point to him being on the move either via a buyout or trade.
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Jack Campbell goes for NHL record as Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Ottawa Senators

So this is what having a top tier goalie feels like?
Since arriving in Toronto, Jack Campbell has given Toronto Maple Leafs fans a feeling they haven’t felt in nearly 20 years, a sense of trust in the ability to win low-scoring games as much as they can win high scoring ones. Tonight he’ll be looking for his 11th straight win to start the season which would set the all-time NHL record, breaking a current tie with Carey Price.
Standing in his way are the Ottawa Senators who despite their position at the bottom of the North Division have refused to roll over against the Leafs, winning three of seven games between the two Ontario rivals. In a year where the draft lacks a clear franchise player, there’s been less of a push for bottom feeding teams to tank, so the young Senators have been playing for pride and developing their future stars in Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk, and Tim Stützle.
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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs vs Flames 04/04/21 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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Throwing backup goalie Michael Hutchinson into the breach should not overly threaten the Toronto Maple Leafs’ delicate balance where they have been earning wins without lighting up the scoreboard. The Maple Leafs are -155 away favorites and the Calgary Flames are +135 underdogs with a 6.0-goal total on the NHL odds for Sunday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The head-to-head matchup is split 5-5 over the last 10 meetings, and 10 of the last 16 Toronto-Calgary games have finished UNDER at sports betting sites. The teams also play again on Monday. Toronto is 13-7 in its last 20 games when it was on the front end of a back-to-back, with an even 10-10 split on the totals. Calgary is 5-9 in its last 14 games when it was also playing the next day, with the OVER hitting in eight of the 11 such matchups.
Maple Leafs vs Flames | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Maple Leafs lead the season series 4-2 and have a 10-8 edge over the Flames in five-on-five goals. Toronto, per Natural Stat Trick, holds the edge in expected-goals percentage, of xGF% (56.0) and has had the bulk of the scoring chances (also 56.0) and high-danger chances (59.9). Head-to-head, the Maple Leafs are …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Joseph Woll is the Leafs 11th ranked prospect

Much like just about any goalie in professional hockey, Joseph Woll is a question waiting to be answered. There’s a deep desire among the fanbase for him to do well thanks to the endless potential of his name. The fact he’s a Maple Leafs prospect at the most valuable position in the sport is just icing on the cake. 
After spending three years as a starter at Boston College, Woll joined the Marlies last season and is now expected to be among a group of four goalies battling it out for third on the Leafs depth chart. One of the lead storylines heading into training camp will be whether Woll can outduel fellow netminders Ian Scott, Aaron Dell, and Michael Hutchinson for priority on the depth chart. Possibilities are endless for the young American goalie who could find himself on the Leafs taxi squad, platooning in the AHL, starting in the ECHL, or if we’re all lucky – being loaned to the DEL’s Berlin Bears where he can lay claim to hockey’s greatest nickname by becoming the Berlin Woll.
Rank – Grade – NHL Readiness
11TH – B – 2-4 YEARS
Position: G
Age: 22
Height: 6’4
Weight: 203 lbs
Drafted: 2016 3rd round, 62 …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation

NHL History: In 2003, Toronto Maple Leafs Ed Belfour sets team record 37th win of season

On this day in 2003, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour set a club record securing his 37th win of the season.

It came in a 2-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wild breaking the previous record of 36 wins held by Curtis Joseph.
Belfour, 37 at the time, was in his first of three seasons with the Leafs after being signed as a free agent the previous offseason. The win for Belfour came only days after he recorded his 400th career win.
His first and second years in Toronto were rock solid. He won 71 games over the two years and posted a .920 save percentage, but year three came with turmoil for the then 40-year-old.
Belfour’s numbers plummetted to an .892 save percentage as he posted a 22-22-4 record. Thus, the Leafs moved on at season’s end and Belfour signed a deal with the Florida Panthers with who he retired with.
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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

2 Guys and a Goalie pres. by Odds Shark Ep. 46 – Filling the Cracks with Kass

Welcome to “2 Guys and a Goalie,” starring Dustin Nielson, Joaquin Gage, and Matt Kassian and presented by Odds Shark, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, and Sport Clips Haircuts. The show focuses on stories, notes, transactions, and everything else happening all around the NHL and the world of hockey.
Today’s episode of 2 Guys and a Goalie was obvious a strange one as the guys had to try to make some sense out of everything that’s happening in the world right now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, the NHL correctly decided to suspend its season and that’s made it difficult for hockey fans everywhere. Regardless, the show must go on and the boys wanted to get together and discuss what might come next as the world at large works through a strange time in history.
The Rundown for today’s show:
What the NHL is doing to in preparation for potentially getting back to work
What life is like without sports to talk about or watch
Wondering how on earth the Anaheim Ducks thought it was a good idea to place a player on waivers in the midst of a …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

2 Guys and a Goalie pres. by Odds Shark Ep. 45- “Cheveux de Cul”

Welcome to “2 Guys and a Goalie,” starring Dustin Nielson, Joaquin Gage, and Matt Kassian and presented by Odds Shark, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, and Sport Clips Haircuts. The show focuses on stories, notes, transactions, and everything else happening all around the NHL and the world of hockey.
Gager is back! The boys start things off discussing the Calgary Flames loss to the Vegas Golden Knights last night. They then chat about the Edmonton Oilers goaltending situation right now.
Popeyes Poll Question: Was Trading For Taylor Hall a mistake for the Arizona Coyotes
No
Yes
Former NHLer Shane Hnidy then calls in to discuss his role with the Vegas Golden Knights, how the team has changed the in-game experience, how the city has embraced the team, and what the arrival of the Raiders might mean. He also gives his thoughts on some of the Golden Knights’ of their struggles this season, their win over the Flames, how they’ve played since the surprise firing of Gerrard Gallant, and his thoughts on the rest of the Pacific division.
Keep It or Clip It:
The blueline is the strength for the Flames.
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2 Guys and a Goalie pres. by Odds Shark Ep. 44- “El Fuego Baño”

Welcome to “2 Guys and a Goalie,” starring Dustin Nielson, Joaquin Gage, and Matt Kassian and presented by Odds Shark, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, and Sport Clips Haircuts. The show focuses on stories, notes, transactions, and everything else happening all around the NHL and the world of hockey.
Gager is away again, but Tom Gazzola is back to fill the crease!
They get things started by discussing the Pacific division: The Calgary Flames come back late in the third to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. Are the Edmonton Oilers sitting pretty? Are the Vancouver Canucks in danger of falling out of the playoffs?
Popeyes Poll Question: Who Will Win the Rocket Richard Trophy?
Auston Matthews
David Pastrnak
Alex Ovechkin
Scott Hastings from Odds Shark calls in to give Leon Draisaitl’s odds to win the Hart Trophy, who his favourite is to win the Campbell Trophy, why the Oilers are underdogs against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.
Dusty then hosts the first edition of “2 Guys Super Trivia.”
Keep It or Clip It:
Growing moustaches like Auston Matthews will push the Toronto Maple Leafs to the next level.
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2 Guys and a Goalie pres. by Odds Shark Ep. 43 – “No Brains”

Welcome to “2 Guys and a Goalie,” starring Dustin Nielson, Joaquin Gage, and Matt Kassian and presented by Odds Shark, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, and Sport Clips Haircuts. The show focuses on stories, notes, transactions, and everything else happening all around the NHL and the world of hockey.
The boys start things off chatting about the Vancouver Canucks four goal collapse in the third period against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and discuss the incredible season for Quinn Hughes.
Dusty reads some podcast review questions, and they then discuss Leon Draisaitl’s incredible season and being named the NHL’s Player of the Month for February. They also chat about the recent injuries that are effecting the Oilers’ lineup and who should get the majority of the starts for the Oilers down the stretch: Mikko Koskinen or Mike Smith.
Belle and Kass give their experience on being moved on trade deadline day.
Popeyes Poll Question: Will Draisaitl hit 50 goals?
No
Yes
Dusty then hosts another edition of Family Feud: “Top 5 NHL goaltender win leaders this season” and “Top 5 NHL goaltender loss leaders this season.”
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2 Guys and a Goalie pres. by Odds Shark Ep. 40- “It Has Girth”

Welcome to “2 Guys and a Goalie,” starring Dustin Nielson, Joaquin Gage, and Matt Kassian and presented by Odds Shark, Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken, and Sport Clips Haircuts. The show focuses on stories, notes, transactions, and everything else happening all around the NHL and the world of hockey.
It’s the last episode before the NHL trade deadline, and Tom Gazzola is in to fill in for Kass.
They hit all seven Canadian teams ahead of the deadline.
They discuss the issues with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and whether their lack of effort is what’s holding them back, and what they need to turn it around.
Popeyes Poll Question: Should Kyle Dubas be fired if the Leafs miss the playoffs?
No
Yes
Then discuss the Ottawa Senators and what they’ll sell off for assets like JP Pageau or Tyler Ennis and the Montreal Canadiens like Ilya Kovalchuk, Tomas Tatar, or Jeff Petry.
Scott Hastings from Odds Shark calls in to discuss the odds for Leon Draisaitl winning the Hart Trophy, who is the favourite, and the over/under for trades made on deadline day.
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