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Maple Leafs looking for experienced backup goalie

After trading Jonathan Bernier, Mike Babock wants 'good pro' behind Frederik Andersen

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a backup goalie after trading Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said Saturday.

The Maple Leafs need someone to play behind Frederik Andersen, who was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Anaheim on June 20.

"Now we have to find a good pro to come in and support him, and we'll do that," Babcock said at development camp.

Babcock did not name any possibilities.

Garret Sparks is the only other goalie in the Toronto organization with NHL experience. The 23-year-old played 17 games last season, going 6-9-1 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.

Video: Mike Babcock after Saturday's scrimmage

Video courtesy of Leafs TV

Toronto traded goalie James Reimer to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 27 for goalie Alex Stalock, who then joined the Minnesota Wild on July 1 as a free agent.

Bernier was traded for a conditional draft pick after going 12-21-3 with a 2.88 GAA and .908 save percentage making 36 starts last season. Reimer made 29 starts for Toronto (11-12-7, 2.49, .918).

"A good opportunity for [Bernier], a new start, sometimes those are real good things," Babcock said. "[Bernier] did a real good job for us in the second half last year. [He] struggled at the start and really dug in and was a good pro and helped our team. We wish him luck."

The Maple Leafs sent two draft picks to the Ducks for Andersen, who then signed a five-year, $25 million contract with Toronto.

"Acquiring [Andersen] was a big deal for our team," Babcock said. "We think it gives us a top-flight goaltender, gives us a starter."

Andersen is 77-26-12 with a 2.33 GAA and .918 save percentage in 125 NHL games. He won 35 games two seasons ago.

"You're always looking for top-notch goaltending," Babcock said. "It makes the coach better, it makes the players better, it gives you confidence.

"We paid a price to do this. Obviously, we felt that we had done our work, and this is a good opportunity for us. I think he's excited to come and we look forward to him."

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