The Toronto Maple Leafs need to face the music and take the necessary actions. As Rory Boylen of Sportsnet points out on Friday, the Leafs still haven’t won the second game of these back-to-back situations yet this season.
And we all know what needs to happen: enough with the chatter and let’s see Toronto make a move to improve the goaltending situation. While fans may be getting impatient with general manager Kyle Dubas, it seems like they will need to be understanding as well.
Sportsnet’s Brian Burke has revealed that the Leafs will most likely need to give up a lot in return for goaltending help, and fans won’t be allowed to complain about it.
“It’s beyond price. You’re going to have to overpay. And I would do that — and if Kyle does that I will not criticize him,” Burke told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Good Show. “If he has to give up a second-round pick or a good kid to solve this issue… because this is their Achilles heel. This is a fatal flaw for this team making the playoffs, if they don’t address this.”
Boylen went on to dress a list of 10 net minding options available for the Leafs and one got our attention: Alexandar Georgiev of the New York Rangers.
Some may wonder why the Blue Shirts would be willing to give him up as Henrik Lundqvist approaches retirement, but NHL insider Elliotte Friedman points out that they might have a better backup option in their ranks.
“I’ve wondered about Georgiev because they’ve got a prospect in the American Hockey League (Igor) Shesterkin who looks dynamite and he’s going to play a bit. And I believe Georgiev is five games away from being waiver eligible so the Rangers are going to have to do something there,” Friedman said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Lead Off on Friday.
Unfortunately for now, Friedman also noted that he “can’t sense that the Maple Leafs have looked at him.”
Maybe it’s time to go shopping in the Big Apple then.