Maple Leafs UFA goalie options: From Fleury and Kuemper to buy-low candidates
The Maple Leafs have a goalie vacancy on their roster, and Marc-Andre Fleury is one of the viable candidates who could fill it. Photo by Jim Mone/AP.

The only goaltenders the Maple Leafs currently have under contract for next season are a veteran coming off multiple groin injuries and a relatively unproven commodity with 15 games of NHL experience.

It’s difficult to imagine a team with Stanley Cup ambitions returning a tandem of Petr Mrázek and Erik Källgren.

As a result, general manager Kyle Dubas has some decisions to make at the position — starting with impending free agent Jack Campbell. Dubas must also determine if it’s worth keeping Mrázek for another season or swallowing the poison pill that would likely come with moving his $3.8-million cap hit.

Fortunately, there are options for teams like Toronto looking to bolster their standing at the position.

Here’s a closer look at some of the most viable candidates:

Jack Campbell
Platform season: 31-9-6, .914 save percentage, 10.0 goals saved above average (per Hockey Reference) for the Maple Leafs
Age: 30
Current cap hit: $1,650,000
Lowdown: Let’s start where it finished, shall we? Campbell sounded like a guy who intended to return to Toronto when he spoke with reporters in the aftermath of the series loss to Tampa. The only question is whether he priced himself out of the team’s plans with a year where he became an NHL all-star and impressively put himself back together after a midseason swoon. He’ll likely command a contract in the range of $5 million annually.

Darcy Kuemper
Platform season: 37-12-4, .921 SV%, 25.1 GSAA for the Avalanche
Age: 32
Current cap hit: $4,500,000
Lowdown: There’s no guarantee Kuemper hits the open market, although the Avalanche have to manage their cap situation closely. He’d likely be viewed as an upgrade on Campbell and is a player the Leafs have had interest in previously. But the price might be prohibitive here. Kuemper has the best numbers of any free agent goalie and will be coming off a long playoff run with Colorado.

Marc-Andre Fleury
Platform season: 28-23-5, .908 SV%, 2.1 GSAA for the Blackhawks and Wild
Age: 37
Current cap hit: $7,000,000
Lowdown: Fleury has played 200 games more than any active goaltender and intends to keep going for at least one more season. There was at least casual interest in him from the Leafs before the trade deadline in March, and that may be renewed this summer. At 37, his best hockey is almost certainly behind him, but there’s still evidence he can perform well in a 1A/1B setup.

Mikko Koskinen
Platform season: 27-12-4, .903 SV%, -6.1 GSAA for the Oilers
Age: 33
Current cap hit: $4,500,000
Lowdown: It was an up-and-down season for the 6-foot-7 Finn, who was called out publicly by former Oilers head coach Dave Tippett in December. Still, Koskinen managed to reel off 27 victories while splitting starts with Mike Smith and may be looking at a pay cut on his next contract. If you’re signing him, you’re planning on using him as part of a platoon rather than as a traditional No. 1.

Ville Husso
Platform season: 25-7-6, .919 SV%, 15.0 GSAA for the Blues
Age: 27
Current cap hit: $750,000
Lowdown: Husso’s breakthrough season couldn’t have come at a better time with unrestricted free agency looming. He wrestled the Blues' No. 1 job away from Jordan Binnington for a time and received more starts – 47 and counting, including the playoffs – than in any of his previous pro seasons in North America. He’s in line for a significant raise after earning the NHL minimum and should receive considerable interest on the open market.

Braden Holtby
Platform season: 10-10-1, .913 SV%, 4.1 GSAA for the Stars
Age: 32
Current cap hit: $2,000,000
Lowdown: The former Vezina Trophy winner was solid when called upon by the Stars, reversing a career downturn that saw him bought out by the Vancouver Canucks last summer. Health is a consideration here as Holtby missed a couple stretches — including the final two months of the season — with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Still, given his vast experience and contract demands that should be relatively modest, he could be a value signing.

Martin Jones
Platform season: 12-18-3, .900 SV%, -7.9 GSAA for the Flyers
Age: 32
Current cap hit: $2,000,000
Lowdown: There are warning lights flashing on the dashboard after successive seasons in which Jones posted save percentages of .896, .896, .896 and .900. Those came after his best years in San Jose, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016. The price point should be reasonable.

Scott Wedgewood
Platform season: 13-13-5, .910 SV%, 3.7 GSAA for the Coyotes and Stars
Age: 29
Current cap hit: $825,000
Lowdown: This was the most NHL action he’s seen during a 10-year pro career, and Wedgewood appeared up to the task. His stint with the Coyotes was particularly impressive because he held his own while facing more than 33 shots per game. The former Canadian world junior goaltender is also a local product from Brampton.

Eric Comrie
Platform season: 16-10-5, .920 SV%, 7.2 GSAA for the Jets
Age: 26
Current cap hit: $750,000
Lowdown: The well-travelled journeyman finally gained a foothold on a NHL job this season and put up strong numbers as Connor Hellebuyck’s backup. The biggest question here is whether that performance is sustainable and if it can be replicated in a scenario where he gets more starts. Comrie will be looking for an opportunity in addition to a pay raise.

Alexandar Georgiev
Platform season: 15-10-2, .898 SV%, -7.6 GSAA for the Rangers
Age: 26
Current cap hit: $750,000
Lowdown: Georgiev is a restricted free agent, but there’s a good chance he won’t receive a qualifying offer from the Rangers if he’s not traded beforehand. He’d have to be viewed as a reclamation project following his worst statistical season in the NHL, but he’s still young and has enjoyed success in the past. Call him a buy-low candidate.

Harri Säteri
Platform season: 2-2-1, .866 save percentage for the Coyotes
Age: 32
Current cap hit: $750,000
Lowdown: Perhaps the second time's a charm? The Leafs signed Säteri out of the KHL in March, only to lose him on waivers to the Coyotes. The veteran didn’t show a lot during his brief stint in the desert, but it’s worth noting that he played behind one of the league’s worst teams. Säteri was enthused about the opportunity to play in Toronto and he should come cheap.

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