Leafs Sign Joey MacDonald

The Leafs have signed ex Peterborough Petes goaltender Joey MacDonald [HockeyDB stats] to a one year deal at a yet to be determined salary. This is a solid move to give the Marlies some competent goaltending with the departure of franchise savior a horrible goalie who we always hated Justin Pogge. (Sigh.)

Joey MacDonald played for a godawful Islanders team (no offense intended) last season and put up better numbers than Vesa Toskala by a wide margin. On Long Island MacDonald posted a respectable .901 save percentage and shut out the Detroit Red Wings.

This seems like a very shrewd signing. To reiterate, MacDonald is probably a better goaltender than Vesa Toskala at this point in time. Assuming Toskala gets hurt or plays like he usually does, or if both Gustavsson and Toskala play well making Vesa expendable then MacDonald would be a more than capable backup. This addresses our lack of organization depth at the goaltending spot and earns Chemmy's "Useful Minor Leaguer" Seal of Approval.

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