Breaking: Leafs make a move between the pipes

Kyle Dubas with his first official transaction as GM of the Leafs!

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they’ve signed 24 year old goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to a two year, two way contract.

The @MapleLeafs announced today that goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has signed a two-year, two-way contract. 

Kaskisuo was loaned to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves earlier this season after goaltender Calvin Pickard was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights by former general manager Lou Lamoriello. With both Pickard and Garret Sparks between the pipes with the Toronto Marlies, there was little ice time for the 24 year old Kaskisuo to find his game with the Marlies. Regardless,  he had a terrific run for the Marlies in the 2016-17 postseason.

Kaskisuo played 28 games with the Wolves last season, putting up 13-13-0 record with a stellar 2.38 goals against average and .914 save percentage. The Finnish goaltender was signed by the Leafs as an undrafted free agent back in March of 2016.

Interestingly enough, Kaskisuo’s route to the NHL differs from most European goaltenders in that he elected to come to North America as a teenager. Most Finnish goaltenders elect to remain in Finland until an NHL team comes calling, but Kaskisuo jumped at the chance to play junior hockey in Minnesota with the North American Hockey League back in 2013. He followed that up with two years as the starting goalie for the University of Minnesota-Duluth before ultimately earning a contract with the Leafs.

During the Marlies’ 2016-17 Calder Cup Playoff run, Kaskisuo played 10 games and put up a remarkable 1.84 goals against average and .934 save percentage. 

With Kaskisuo officially back in the fold with the Leafs, newly promoted GM Kyle Dubas will have a difficult decision to make on the futures of both Sparks and Pickard. For what it’s worth, the 24 year old Sparks is signed for next season, while the 26 year old Pickard will need a contract extension. It’s also worth noting that Leafs backup goalie Curtis McElhinney is also signed for next season. Oh… and starter Frederik Andersen isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So… something’s got to give.

Andersen is a legit NHL star, McElhinney, Sparks and Pickard are all capable NHL backups  and Kaskisuo is a capable AHL starter. Again… something’s got to give.