Report: Hurricanes Interested in Andersen of the Maple Leafs

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The Carolina Hurricanes are interested in Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.However, Toronto will not budge its starter unless an upgrade is available, and a strong group of free agent goaltenders this offseason could factor in its decision, Friedman adds.

It was reported earlier in August that the Leafs were exploring Andersen’s trading market – along with those of other players – after being knocked out by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the qualifying round this summer.

Andersen has been the Leafs’ No.1 goalie since joining the club via the Anaheim Ducks trade ahead of the 2016-17 campaign. He posted a .916 save percentage and a 2.77 goals-against average in 244 appearances for Toronto, despite coming off his worst season with the club, with a .909 save percentage in 52 games.

The Hurricanes drafted Andersen in 2010, but he never signed and returned to the draft two years later. The future 31-year-old will enter the final year of his contract and carries a cap of $ 5 million.

Carolina ran with a tandem of Petr Mrazek and James Reimer in goals last season, and the pair placed 26th in the NHL with a combined save percentage of .912 evenly matched. The two goalkeepers are under contract for the 2020-2021 campaign.

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