Maple Leafs sign college goaltender as replacement against Senators – .

Maple Leafs sign college goaltender as replacement against Senators – .

TORONTO — Toronto Maple Leafs to use University of Toronto goalie Alex Bishop as their backup to the starter Jack Campbell when they host the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, SNO, SNW, ESPN +, NHL LIVE).

The 24-year-old has been signed up for an amateur tryout and will not be paid.
Goalkeeper Petr Mrazek suffered a groin injury and did not return for the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Senators on Thursday.

“Mrazek is not available today and he has yet to be evaluated based on the length of his absence,” said Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. “At this point it doesn’t look like it’s going to be long term in terms of LTIR (Long Term Injury Reserve) and stuff like that. “

The Maple Leafs were forced to make the move due to salary cap constraints, with insufficient salary cap space to recall a Toronto goalie from the American Hockey League without making another roster change. In order to access the emergency recall exemption, the Maple Leafs would have to play short of one player for a game, but other factors have emerged with the defenseman. Justin Holl unable to play due to illness.

“It just comes down to the fact that the hard cap (NHL salary cap) has created situations here that are much more difficult to handle even compared to a year ago with the taxi team,” Keefe said. . “Justin Holl’s situation with his cold symptoms and his PCR (COVID-19) test not yet returning created another situation for us. “

Timothy Liljegren, the only additional defenseman in the Maple Leafs roster, will make his season debut and replace Holl. The Maple Leafs could have affected Liljegren, who is waived waiver, to Toronto from the AHL and recalled a goalie, but then would have had to play with five defensemen due to Holl’s unavailability.

Bishop has not played in a competitive game since making 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Western University on February 16, 2020. The University of Toronto did not play last season in due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I haven’t even spoken to him yet, I just saw him on the ice”, attacker Alexandre Kerfoot said after the morning skate. “I didn’t mark any on him, he looked pretty good. “

The last time an alternate goaltender was used was on February 22, 2020, also at Scotiabank Arena, when David Ayres made seven 28:41 saves for the Carolina Hurricanes after Mrazek and James Reimer each suffered an injury during the match. Ayres took the win with the Hurricanes beating the Maple Leafs 6-3.


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