Part of the problem with such limited goaltender blood on the open market is that the Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the best goaltenders in the minor leagues who, if he were in any other organization, may be anticipating his entrance to the NHL next season in a backup capacity.
But that isn't the case for Ben Scrivens, the 25-year old (26 in September) out of Spruce Grove, Alberta. Scrivens, who is a restricted free agent, faces an odd situation.
The Leafs need a goaltender. They need a starting goaltender who can provide them above average production, preferably young, and preferably cheap. Paying for goaltending is just a big no-no in my eyes, and the most popular man on the trade block, Roberto Luongo, and on free agency, Josh Harding, will probably cost the team a pretty penny, far more than they should.
Last offseason, the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers and Colorado Avalanche looked for a change in goal. Philly went the expensive route, opening their wallets for Ilya Bryzgalov, whose rough first year in Philly became somewhat of a running joke. The Avalanche, too, traded a pair of picks, including a first rounder, for Semyon Varlamov while the Coyotes, Panthers and Capitals all found success with cheap alternatives.
Unfortunately, Mike Smith, Jose Theodore and Tomas Vokoun aren't on the market this year.