Leafs need a goalie

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Cliff Fletcher is now in the market for a backup goalie who won't break the bank.

"Vesa Toskala will play around 60 games next year," the general manager predicted, "so we're looking at someone, young or old, who would accept 15 to 20 games and make sense as far as a contract goes."

Wade Dubielewicz just left the New York Islanders, but is headed for Russia. Another journeyman, 6-foot-6 Etobicoke native Steve Valiquette, is expected to depart the Rangers after his most active year in the NHL (13 games behind Henrik Lundqvist), but could be joining the Vancouver Canucks. Curtis Joseph's name has been mentioned, but agent Don Meehan so far is playing down the chances of him coming back.

After a long talk with Andrew Raycroft's agent Jordan Neumann, Fletcher is deferring his call on the ex-backup's fate until Monday. He's considering putting Raycroft on waivers again to facilitate a buyout or gauge interest in him around the league.

Toronto is trying to recover the 2009 second-round pick it lost in a trade with the Isles at the draft. Without it, they have no compensation to give a team if they sign a Group 2 free agent to an offer sheet of between $1.3 million to $2.6 million a year.

LUKE LEADS KIDS' CAMP

Luke Schenn debuts in a Leafs sweater in two weeks.

The club's first overall pick will join 20 other youngsters at the team's annual prospect camp here, July 6-11.

The Leaf wannabes will have on-ice sessions, and be schooled in strength and conditioning, injury prevention and mental preparation. Player development coach Paul Dennis has also set up seminars on nutrition, media awareness and the business of sport.

Those attending the camp include Schenn, forward Nikolai Kulemin, fellow Europeans Jerome Flaake and Carl Gunnarsson, this year's No. 2 pick Jimmy Hayes and centre Chris DiDomenico.


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