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How Many Games Frederik Andersen Has to Turn it Around in Toronto

30 games is not a lot. For many goaltenders, it’s not even close to getting a grasp on the kind of netminder they’ll become. In a typical NHL season, it’s just a bit more than an average backup might get. Yet, somehow, 30 games is enough to decide the fate of one goaltender’s future and is pretty much all Frederik Andersen will get to determine whether or not he’ll get to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs and if he’s earned himself another contract.

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According to Travis Yost of TSN, GM Kyle Dubas has a difficult decision to make this coming season in regards to Andersen. Yost writes, “The Maple Leafs will likely get at least 30 more games from the Dane to see if last year’s performance was an outlier or indicative of the start of declining play.”

Yost notes that last season might have been a one-off for the formerly consistent backstop, but now the team’s not sure. He explains:

Before last season, Andersen was as predictable and reliable a goaltender as you could find in the league – not the most dominant of options, but a guy who routinely would provide value at the position. But there is little doubt last year’s campaign has complicated matters enough for Toronto; doubly so with limited internal options in the case of an emergency.

Yost suggests that Jack Campbell is a much more capable backup, but he’s certainly not a proven commodity yet. Add to that, if Andersen doesn’t have a strong 30 games, the Maple Leafs will have no choice but to let him walk in free agency and get down to business when it comes to scouring the trade and free agency market for a better option.

If Andersen Doesn’t Take Advantage of Those 30 Games

Yost notes that the NHL will be flooded with capable starters next offseason so the Leafs will have choices. That said, next season might be too late. There is an expectation that this season the Maple Leafs need to make big strides or others (beyond just Andersen) could lose their jobs.

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How late is too late before the Leafs have to pull the trigger on a move to replace Andersen if he struggles? How quickly will names like Tuukka Rask, Jordan Binnington, Antti Raanta, and Philipp Grubauer pop up in trade rumors and before the NHL Trade Deadline?

This is certainly a situation management will be keeping a close eye on. As for the fan base and media, if Andersen struggles in even half the amount of time Yost suggests, trade speculation is sure to follow.

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