Dreger: Leafs Andersen contract negotiations don't look too good

Published July 14, 2021 at 10:13

Frederik Andersen, the goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs, did not have a particularly successful season. Due to injuries, the 31-year-old Dane only appeared in 24 games this season and, to be honest, was underwhelming even when healthy. He had a 2.96 goals against average and a.895 save percentage at the end of the season. In 22 games played, Andersen's backup, Jack Campbell, had a 2.15 goals against average and a.921 save percentage. In other words, Campbell surpassed Andersen on the depth chart for the squad... and he did so convincingly.

With Andersen poised to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, and the Leafs operating on a tight budget thanks to the contracts given to great players like John Tavares, Mitch Marner, and Auston Matthews, it appears that Andersen's time with the Leafs is coming to an end. Indeed, TSN's Darren Dreger revealed just last week that Andersen is seeking a raise from his current $5 million yearly pay.

What's more, guess what? Freddy, more power to you. Let's hope you collect your money, but if I were an NHL general manager, I'd be very hesitant to put Andersen in the starting lineup. If longstanding Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask re-ups in Boston, it's thought that Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who was nominated for the Vezina Trophy, will be the most wanted goalie on the free agent market. Devan Dubnyk, Antti Raanta, James Reimer, Petr Mrazek, and Jonathan Bernier are among the names available on the free market.
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Dreger: Leafs Andersen contract negotiations don't look too good

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