By Carter Brooks
Photo by Isaiah Downing
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that they had come to terms on a one-year, one-way contract with goaltender Calvin Pickard. The deal will pay the Winnipeg, MB. product $800K.
After being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 Expansion Draft, Pickard was dealt to the Leafs in early October of 2017. He spent the 2017-18 season in the American Hockey League, finding himself during deep on Toronto's depth chart behind AHL All-Star netminder Garret Sparks.
Although only playing 33 games with the Toronto Marlies last season, the 26-year-old Winnipegger put up very decent numbers. He finished the season 21-9-1 with a .918 save percentage and a 2.31 goals against average.
Pickard earned a one-game call-up in late December after regular Leafs' backup Curtis McElhinney went down with a lower-body injury. He ended up losing the game against Colorado - the team he began his NHL career with - 4-3 in overtime.
With the Leafs' brass expected to make some decisions on the futures of Sparks and McElhinney in the coming weeks, this one-year deal for Pickard makes sense for both the former Seattle Thunderbird and Toronto. Coming off of a very successful AHL campaign that saw his Marlies capture their first AHL Calder Cup as league champions, a summer of preparation now begins for Calvin Pickard
Toronto also announced on Wednesday that they had re-signed defenceman Connor Carrick to a similar one-year deal.The Leafs open their season on the third of October against the Montreal Canadiens at home.