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Calvin Pickard and Curtis McElhinney claimed off waivers today

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The Leafs organization is a little less oversupplied with goalies now.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Calgary Flames Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images

NHL teams must meet the 23-man roster limit today, so to prepare for that, the Maple Leafs waived two extra goalies yesterday — Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard.


Curtis McElhinney, 35, has been claimed off of waivers today by the Carolina Hurricanes who recently had their number one, Scott Darling, suffer an injury. The Leafs acquired McElhinney on January 10, 2017 after their original backup that season, Jhonas Enroth failed to live up to expectations.

In almost two seasons in Toronto, and his initial few months in Columbus in 2016, McElhinney has produced the best results by any measure of his career. With 10 season in the NHL, playing very few games most seasons, he has an average, all-situations save percentage of .909, which is just below the league average for those years, which fluctuated from .908 to .915.

Universally praised for his commitment to the job of backup, the Leafs have chosen the younger, and very successful AHL goalie Garret Sparks to take the second chair on the Leafs.

Calvin Pickard has been claimed off of waivers today by the Philadelphia Flyers (home to a revolving door for goalies on IR). Pickard, 25, was acquired by the Leafs on October 6 last year in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas had taken Pickard in the expansion draft from the Colorado Avalanche.

Pickard played in only one game for the Leafs last season, but he was the number two goalie on the Marlies and finished 12th in the AHL in save percentage for goalies who had played at least 1,440 minutes.

It became clear as preseason began that the Leafs were narrowing their choices in backup to either Sparks or McElhinney.

The Marlies have a goalie depth chart that now includes Kasimir Kaskisuo, Justin Peters (PTO) and Eamon McAdam (loaned to the Newfoundland Growlers). So, that went well.