With James Reimer unavailable for the foreseeable future, the situation in between the pipes for the Leafs looks bleak. An enigmatic Swede who's potential and natural talent haven't translated to wins and a 25 year old rookie with a lot to learn represent Toronto's chances of playing hockey this spring. The goals will be there, the defensive corps will come around but whether the Leafs can win games will come down to the last line of the defense. As it stands, most people are eager for Mr. Burke and Co. to acquire a veteran net minder. Someone who can stand on his head on any given night and steal his team a win (Jose Theodore..) while at the same time instilling the confidence for his players to play in front of him. This represents the best opportunity to remain in contention for a playoff spot come march. But who's available?
Dan Ellis- Burke's connection to Anaheim could once again result in a deal culminating between the two teams. Although with Hiller's shaky play early, Ellis is an important peace to be able lean on and he's performed admirably.
Ray Emery - Backing up the very steady Corey Crawford, it looks as if Emery won't be getting many starts this year for chicago. Lower on the hawks' depth chart is goalie Alex Salak who has limited NHL experience but may be able to contribute as a back up. Emery has proven barring injuries that he has what it takes to be a number #1 or very good back up.
Scott Clemmensen, Jose Theodore - Florida has 3 goalies capable of playing on a nightly basis. With Jacob Markstrom's sparkling play in his brief tour of duty with the Panthers, one of Clemmensen or Theodore should be expendable. With Theodore's strong play it looks like Clemmensen may be the odd man out.
Evgeni Nabokov - We know the story, long career as a regular season stud, on a cheap contract and part of a logjam of goaltenders on the Isles' roster. Seems like a perfect fit but Ron WIlson is reportedly not a huge fan and knowing Burke's allegiance to RW, this may not be the most likely scenario.
Michael Leighton - Stashed in Adirondack, Leighton has experience on the big stage and is currently stuck behind Bobrovsky and Bryz giving the 30 year old a slim chance of making back on to the NHL.
Antero Nittymaki - Currently 3rd on the Sharks depth chart, Nittymaki has been pushed down by the steady play of the younger Thomas Greiss. He has experience as a number goalie in Philadelphia and would be easy to pry out of San Jose