The Petr Mrazek Dilemma: Buyout or Trade?

Petr Mrazek was brought in to help provide some stability in the crease and give Jack Campbell a worthy partner to split starts throughout the regular season and potentially the playoffs.
It was a move that made total sense in theory but backfired in reality.
Mrazek suffered a groin injury in his debut start for the Leafs and never really found his groove as he only made three appearances before the calendar flipped to 2022. It didn’t help that just seven of his 20 appearances resulted in a save percentage above .900 while only eight of them saw him surrender two goals or less.
It all came to a head when he surrendered four egregious goals against the lowly Coyotes and looked shaky in the 2022 Heritage Classic against the Sabres in a four-day span. Not only would Erik Kallgren take over and provided some stability to become the backup the rest of the way, but Mrazek would end up being placed on waivers prior to the trade deadline and would subsequently go unclaimed. He showed signs of life in his next two starts but would see his season come to a premature end thanks to another groin injury during a game against the Bruins. He would recover in time for the playoffs but would not appear on the bench at any point during the Leafs’ first-round series against the Lightning.
In all, Mrazek played in 20 games, went 12-6-0, and registered a .888 SV% and a 3.34 GAA in that span. Not an ideal way to start a three-year contract that pays him $3.8 million a season.
With so much uncertainty regarding the Leafs’ goaltending position and the importance of getting a reliable netminder becoming more apparent, Mrazek has likely played his last game in Toronto and wil …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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