2011 NHL Trade Rumors – Evgeni Nabokov to Maple Leafs?

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Toronto is off to a hot start in the NHL, and with the changes the Maple Leafs made this off-season, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs for the first time in several years. One of the biggest concerns for the team is the lack of a quality backup at goalie, but that could change if the latest rumor comes to fruition.

The latest news from Bleacher Report has the Toronto Maple Leafs acquiring veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov. The team already has a young star in the making in net minder James Reimer, but Jonas Gustavsson who is the team’s number two, has not proven he has the necessary skills to lead this team if needed.

Coach Ron Wilson has a rapport with Nabokov, and the veteran could bring some much-needed leadership and guidance to Toronto. Gustavsson is just 7-15-2 over the last year and has a goal against average over 3.30, and that won’t be enough to keep Toronto playing at the level they have started this NHL season.

Look for the team’s front office to make the necessary moves to strengthen the goal tending situation on the near future as the team can’t afford to lose games when their young starter needs a rest or is injured.

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