Leafs have options in net

LANCE HORNBY and MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

There will be no shortage of veteran goaltenders for general manager John Ferguson to pursue should the Maple Leafs decide more depth is needed in net.

The latest is Toronto-born Manny Legace, who was told last week that he won't be taken back by the Detroit Red Wings in 2006-07. Already headed to the free-agent market is Martin Gerber of the Carolina Hurricanes. While Dwayne Roloson (Edmonton Oilers), Cristobal Huet (Montreal Canadiens) and Ilya Bryzgalov (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) likely will be retained by their current teams, it means goalies such as J.S. Giguere of the Ducks could find themselves as draft week trade bait in Vancouver. But Giguere makes $3.9 million US, while in San Jose, Evgeni Nabokov has become expendable at $3.3 million after Vesa Toskala beat him out for the No.1 job.

Legace had a fine season with a record of 37-8-3-1 for the President's Trophy winners and there was a plan to pair him with Chris Osgood again until No. 1 heir Jimmy Howard is ready in a year or so. But Legace's weak playoff performance soured the Wings on keeping him. Agent Ed Ratushny said Legace would come to Toronto in a heartbeat if there was interest next month.

"Are you kidding? He'd love to play there," Ratushny said. "He's from there and his parents live in Alliston. He was a Leaf fan as a kid, even though his dad liked the Canadiens."

Ferguson re-signed Jean-Sebastien Aubin to a one-way deal for $525,000, based on the latter's strong finish to 2005-06, and picked up the $589,000 option on Mikael Tellqvist. Many are convinced he will add another low-cost veteran for camp, though he has ducked the subject.

"We have two proven NHL goaltenders and we're going to take a look at (junior star) Justin Pogge," Ferguson said. "(2005's first pick) Tuukka Rask is not signed yet and might not be in camp."

Once more, Ferguson did not mention Ed Belfour's name in the goalie gossip, a sign the Leafs will be exercising a clause that pays The Eagle $1.5 million to terminate his $4.52 million deal.

BRIEFLY

The Leafs have picked up the Boston Bruins' seventh-round pick at next Saturday's draft for the rights to forward Petr Tenkrat. The 29-year-old Tenkrat has been a Leaf in limbo since 2003, when his rights were acquired from Columbus after the Blue Jackets claimed Travis Green in that year's waiver draft.

A former NHLer, Tenkrat has played in the Finnish Elite League for Karpat since the trade.

INTEREST IN QUINN

The Boston Bruins apparently are not the only team intrigued by former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn.

Several NHL sources suggest Quinn was interviewed by the Vancouver Canucks last week.

Quinn spent more than a decade with the Canucks organization, serving various stints as the coach and general manager from 1987 to 1998.


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