The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract worth $800,000. Pickard will be a restricted free agent again next summer. The club made the announcement via their official PR twitter account.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) June 20, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign Goaltender Calvin Pickard
Over his four-year NHL career, Pickard has played for the Colorado Avalanche and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has put up a career 0.913 save percentage, 2.78 goals-against-average and has 28-44-7 record in 87 career games. He was originally drafted in the second round, 49th overall of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche.
Last season, he played just one game in the NHL and posted an 0.857 save percentage, but posted a 0.918 save percentage in the AHL with the Calder Cup Champion Toronto Marlies, playing behind the league’s top goaltender Garret Sparks. He had a 21-9-1 record with the Marlies in 33 games.
What This Means for the Future
Pickard is still a young goalie that has played a large number of games at the NHL level when he played 50 games with Colorado in the 2016-17 season. He has proven he can also win at the AHL level and can be predicted to be a steady goalie in the NHL again in a limited number of games. Expect to see Pickard back with the Marlies next season. He provides insurance for the Leafs in the event that they suffer injuries in net.
Main Photo: LAVAL, QC – NOVEMBER 01: Goaltender Calvin Pickard #31 of the Toronto Marlies looks to play the puck during the warmup prior to the AHL game against the Laval Rocket at Place Bell on November 1, 2017, in Laval, Quebec, Canada. The Toronto Marlies defeated the Laval Rocket 3-0. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images Sport)