Today, it is reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed a Professional Tryout Agreement (PTO) with University of Toronto goaltender Alex Bishop to play Jack Campbell tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
The #sheets don’t have enough room to call in a goalie to take Petr Mrazek’s place behind Jack Campbell tonight. They’ll likely sign University of Toronto goalie Alex Bishop on an amateur tryout to support Campbell.
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2021
The idea was that Michael Hutchinson would be recalled from the Toronto Marlies, but according to CapFriendly, they have $ 0 available ceiling space, and don’t yet have Petr Mrazek’s ceiling space available from the LTIR … for the moment. Katya has you covered in this story here:
If the team has less cap space (or LTIR pool) than $ 800,000 (this year’s minimum wage plus $ 100,000) and had to play a game with less than 20 players on the roster number of players, she can call back a player who has an AAV of $ 800,000 or less for the next game, and that move doesn’t count. The team can keep this replacement player free until they have 20 healthy players again.
So if they play short tonight with just one contracted goalie, they can call Michael Hutchinson back for Monday’s game.
Thanks to Katya for doing my job for me, once again.
Alex Bishop is in his fourth year with the U of T, after three seasons in the QMJHL and the Ontario Junior ‘A’. He started his first two seasons for the Varsity Blues before the third was canceled due to COVID-19.
It’s a big opportunity for Bishop, even if his highlights come down to chewing gum on the bench, and will bring an extra level of worry and fear to Maple Leafs fans every time a Senators player s. ‘will approach Jack Campbell.
Good luck tonight Alex.
Will Alex Bishop see ice cream tonight?
Yeah, he’ll see a lot from the bench
Leafs to win by 4 goals and put him in net for the last minute
He’ll grab the net after 10 minutes cause we’re cursed
256 votes in total
As noted in the comments, Sheldon Keefe reported today that Petr Mrázek’s injury does not appear to be long term.
In anticipation of the inevitable recall of Michael Hutchinson, the Marlies signed a familiar face to a PTO. Andrew D’Agostini played for the team last year, playing 14 games, largely at the start of the season because… wait… everyone’s been injured.
He finished with an .890 save percentage and the team’s respect for starting when he had never played a game in the AHL. He has a long career in OHL, Canadian University and ECHL.
This allows Keith Petruzzelli to stay in Newfoundland where the Growlers are still in training camp: