September 12, 2012
Leafs sign Scrivens to two-year deal
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - The Maple Leafs won’t have two experienced goalies whenever the NHL commences play, but at least they’ll have two signed stoppers.
Ben Scrivens joined James Reimer with his first big-league contract when the club announced Wednesday the restricted free agent signed a two-year deal. Financial terms weren’t immediately known. Scrivens rose to prominence last season, first when Reimer was hurt and Scrivens was recalled from the Marlies and then in the spring when he led the AHL farm team to the Calder Cup final.
Scrivens, 26, played 12 games for the Leafs with a record of 4-5-2 and a 3.13 goals against average. With the Marlies in 39 games, his record was 22-15-1 with four shutouts and an AHL-best .926 save percentage. He received the Harry (Hap) Holmes Award for fewest AHL goals in the regular season. In the Calder playoffs, his 17 games resulted in a 1.92 GAA, a .935 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Spruce Grove, Alta., native and Cornell University grad was also married this summer. It’s expected he’ll challenge Reimer for the No. 1 job - if Toronto general manager Brian Burke does not land a veteran in the near future. Reimer will be making a cap-friendly $1.8 million US a year for 2012-13 and the year after.