Heading into free agency, a veteran backup goaltender was believed to be on the shopping list of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello.
Instead of bringing in a new face, Lamioriello re-signed Curtis McElhinney to a two-year contract extension worth $825,000 per season. The 34-year-old net minder went 6-7-0 with a .914 save percentage, a 2.95 goals-against average and one shutout after being claimed off of waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets in January.
However, according to Elliotte Friedman’s final 30 Thoughts column of the season for Sportsnet, McElhinney might not have been the Leafs first choice. Friedman is reporting that the Maple Leafs “took a real run at Mike Condon” of the Ottawa Senators.
Condon filled in admirably for Craig Anderson last season, starting 38 games and finishing the year 19-14-6 with a .914 save %, 2.50 GAA and five shutouts. The Senators ended up giving Condon a three-year deal worth $2.4 million per season, which was likely out of the Leafs prince range.
Do you trust Curtis McElhinney to back up Frederik Andersen or do you wish the Leafs would have signed Mike Condon?