NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs still in market for veteran goaltender

GM Dave Nonis says he's still looking for a veteran goalie to help James Reimer (pictured) and Ben Scrivens. (USPressWires)

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Roberto Luongo may not have ended up in a Maple Leafs jersey this season, but new Toronto general manager Dave Nonis hasn’t suspended his pursuit of a veteran netminder for the club.

In an interview Monday with TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, Nonis was asked if the team is still looking to acquire an experienced goaltender despite the solid play of its young tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. Nonis responded (full audio):

"Yes, if we could. Both of our goalies are aware of it, not that we don’t think that we don’t have NHL caliber goaltenders, or goalies with the ability to become very good starting goaltenders.

"If we could add someone to help them along, a veteran that would help them grow, we would do it. At this point, there hasn’t been a veteran available, at least not at a price that makes any sense for us.

"To the credit of both our goaltenders, they’ve stepped up and played very, very well. It hasn’t changed. We’d like to give them some help along the way. If that’s not available at a reasonable price, we’re content to go with the two that we have."

Reimer, currently in his third NHL season, has been out since Feb. 11 with a strained MCL and the severity of the injury or how long he’ll be unavailable remains unclear. Scrivens, meanwhile, has just 19 NHL games to his name.

Both have certainly been more than adequate, but neither has the type of experience or proven track record that could come in handy for a playoff push.

There is value in bringing in an older, more experienced player to potentially mentor Reimer and Scrivens, while also providing some stability late in the season. However, even if this team is in contention down the stretch, Nonis simply won’t sacrifice his long-term vision for short-term success.

The GM told hosts Dave Naylor and Bruce Arthur that he wants to build a team that makes the playoffs more than one year.

Nonis admitted that the club might be willing to trade a draft pick to help fill a position of short-term need but has little interest in giving up one of the Maple Leafs’ good young players.

Though Toronto is unlikely to pull off any blockbusters, the new man at the helm is at least still shopping.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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