The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be calling any and every team to try to offload Petr Mrazek and his $3.8 million per season contract. He was terrible this season. He had an .888 save percentage despite playing 29 games. He was so terrible in his first season in Toronto. At times, the Maple Leafs had no other choice but to play him. That’s how he still got 29 games despite being awful.
The Devils could take the Mrazek contract for compensation, but the Devils would have to buyout the contract. This would be similar to what the Carolina Hurricanes did with Patrick Marleau. However, if the Devils do trade for Mrazek to get assets in the deal, they can’t be convinced to keep Mrazek as their backup goalie. They need more of a guarantee behind Blackwood.
We are just one year removed from Mrazek with a .923 save percentage, but he was only able to play 12 games at that rate. The Leafs gave him that three-year deal, and they thought the risk was going to be on his injury history. Instead, he was awful on the ice.
The Devils can’t take a risk at this position. Mrazek is a HUGE risk. Three of the seven Devils goalies had a better save percentage than Mrazek this season. Mrazek is basically on par with Jon Gillies this season. It’s just time to find a guarantee at the goalie position, and Mrazek is the opposite at this point.