Goalie on Burke's to-do list
Leafs looking for veteran presence
ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
|Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. (QMI Agency file photo)
NEWARK - It is the time of year when goaltending shines for some teams.
And for others, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, it’s time to find a way to shore up the position.
Leafs general manager Brian Burke, in Manhattan for GM meetings prior to the opening game of the Stanley Cup final, acknowledged goaltending is part of a busy off-season to-do list.
“We’re trying to evaluate what we have and what we can get and go from there,” Burke said.
The Leafs boss was asked specifically about Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun. Whether he is a realistic option or not is up for debate, but the team is clearly looking to at least acquire some veteran support for James Reimer and whoever else may be in the hunt for a roster spot at training camp.
Not having veteran backup was costly for the team last year when Reimer got hurt then struggled and Jonas Gustavsson was too inconsistent.
As for other business, Burke said forward Matt Frattin, who was injured in a Marlies’ playoff game last week, had knee surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
“That’s unfortunate because he was playing really well,” Burke said.
Frattin had 10 goals and 13 points in the AHL playoffs after dressing in 56 games for the Leafs this past season.
“It’s part of the job and he should be fine,” Burke added.
Burke took care of a small bit of business this week when he signed 25-year-old forward Leo Komarov to a one-year contract. Originally the Leafs seventh choice, 108th overall, in the 2006 draft, the 5-foot-11, 198-pound forward spent the past three seasons with Moscow Dynamo in the Kontinental Hockey League.
“He’s a pain in the ass, he’s really hard to play against,” Burke said. “He’s big and he skates and he makes life miserable for people. My kind of guy.”