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Leafs to sign goaltender Jeff Glass to a PTO

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With their main tandem on teams at the World Cup, the Leafs are reported to be hedging their goaltending bets with a PTO for an experienced goalie.

Glass in a preseason game with the Senators
Glass in a preseason game with the Senators
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When the news came on Friday that Jhonas Enroth had been named to Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey, I said we should expect the Leafs to sign a goaltender to a PTO to ensure a full slate of professional goalies in training camp.

Jeff Glass is an experienced professional who has played in the KHL for seven years. He didn't pick easy teams like a lot of Canadians or Americans do (Glass is from Calgary). He played for Barys Astana in Kazakhstan, then he moved to Sibir Novosibirsk for a year, before bouncing around a couple of Moscow teams and then spending last season in Belarus, starting most of the games for Dinamo Minsk. That team signed Ben Scrivens for the current season, leaving Glass out of a job.

Along the way, Glass shared a roster with Nikita Zaitsev in Novosibirsk. He also played in ten games in Moscow for CSKA in 2014 when Zaitsev was on that team. He knows one person in Toronto at least.

He also knows Marlies goalie coach Pierre Greco going back to his days in junior hockey.

Before going to the KHL, he was the starter for the Binghamton Senators for three years after spending one year with their ECHL team. He was third-round pick of Ottawa's in 2004, but he never made the NHL. He is 30 now, and is listed at 6'2" and is likely best known for backstopping the dream team of Canadian juniors that featured Sidney Crosby to a gold medal in 2005.

The Leafs do not have any split-squad games at training camp this year, and most of the games come near the end once the non-playoff teams have finished at the World Cup. But those games are mostly road games, also due to the World Cup, and there are games on back to back days in far-flung places. They need a minimum of four goalies guaranteed to be on hand to fill out the rosters for the full stretch of camp.

However useful he is in the short term, Glass is not likely to be signed to a contract by the Leafs unless something changes between now and the start of the season.