Another Euro Goalie to Consider
If the Maple Leafs have an area on their depth chart that's particularly thin, it would be in net.
At the NHL level, they have J.S. Giguere and rookie Jonas Gustavsson, and with the Marlies they have James Reimer. That's about it, and given the team's problems in net this season, Giguere's age and hefty contract and Gustavsson's inconsistency as he learns the NHL game, it would make sense that they will try to add one or more other netminders to the organization before next season.
One possibility is Finnish free agent Jussi Rynnas (pictured), a Gustavssson-like goalie who is 6-foot-5 and plays for Assat Pori. Rynnas, 22, is more raw at this point than Gustavsson was, but he might be a player the Leafs could develop, and Finnish goalies - Miikka Kiprusoff, Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask - have had increasing success in the NHL in recent seasons.
Detroit is one club that has already expressed interest in Rynnas, and the Leafs are kicking the tires on him, as well. The challenge for NHL teams, say veteran observers of the Finnish elite league, is to evaluate players in Finland at a time when the quality of the top league has deteriorated significantly. A dominant player in Finland, it's suggested, is not what it used to be.
Another possible free agent goalie for the Leafs could be Cornell's Ben Scrivens, a 23-year-old, 6-foot-2 netminder from Spruce Grove, Alberta.