Ex-Leaf warns Toronto against signing Stanley Cup-winning goalie

He thinks they ought to keep away from this particular goaltender.

Michael W.

With Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov set to hit free agency and no real indication that he'll be back for a third year with the team, speculation has increased regarding who general manager Brad Treliving will acquire to pair with Joseph Woll.

One prime candidate who is set to hit the open market in his own right is Laurent Brossoit, who has just wrapped up his second tour of duty with the Winnipeg Jets; he's also suited up for the Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights, with whom he won the Stanley Cup last season.

However, former Maple Leafs goaltender Frank Corrado believes that Brossoit isn't true starting material, and is simply a "tandem goaltender". While making an appearance on TSN 1050's "First Up", Corrado stated his case against the Leafs making a play for Brossoit during the summer. 

"He's a good goalie. He's played with [Connor] Hellebuyck for a lot in his career and they were a great tandem last year, and I think that's what you're getting if you get him," he said. "You're getting a tandem goalie.

He didn't even play enough games to meet the Jennings requirements this year, so Hellebuyck won that award on his own, so you'd have to be willing to give him more of a workload than he had this year playing behind Connor Hellebuyck... as far as backup goalies go, you'd be giving him a 1B situation.

I think he's a good goalie, but I don't think it changes the way the Leafs look in net, meaning they still don't have that number one guy that you wanna have, you wanna lean on... it doesn't scream 'solidified.'"

Brossoit posted solid numbers with the Jets as backup to Connor Hellebuyck, going 15-5-2 with a 2.00 goals against average, .927 save percentage and a pair of shutouts. He made $1,750,000 with Winnipeg in 2023-24. 

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