Craig MacTavish looks like he has made his decision for his goalies next season. A day after signing Ben Scrivens to a two-year deal, he traded Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota for a 4th round pick, and then he acquired Viktor Fasth from Anaheim for 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015.

I see Scrivens as more of a starter than Fasth.

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Fasth is 31 years old and he has played 30 NHL games over the past two seasons. He has a .915 SV% and a 2.32 GAA. Prior to last year he played in the Swedish elite league. He has been banged up this season.

He has one year remaining on his contract and he comes with a $2.9 million cap hit.

They will battle for the starting job, and it is obvious that MacTavish wants to have solid goaltending, especially because the D corps will still be young next season. The timing of the Fasth trade is a bit surprising to me, but clearly MacTavish didn’t want to wait and miss out in free agency.

Thought on the trades?

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  • v4ance

    via Twitter:
    *Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger
    1 year ago Leafs offered Scrivens and draft pick and asked Canucks to retain $1 mil per year for remainder of his contract. Deal fell apart.*

    Scrivens and 2nd rounder or Matthias and Markstrom?

    Nice work Gillis!

  • Serious Gord

    Neither of the goalies EDM now has were better than the backups on the teams they came from – IOW they were the third goalies on each team.

    Now they are EDMs #1 and #2.

    The odds that this duo is going to lift this team above 20th in the league next year is remote.

    Better than Dubnyk and Labarbera – perhaps, but that is only saying that they will be better than the thirtieth best duo in the league this year. They likely will the bottom third or maybe bottom sixth next year – especially behind this teams defense.

    Again yet another pygmy trade.

    LA and ANA and STL are playing chess while KLOWE and MacT are playing marbles…

  • The Real Scuba Steve

    It sucks every year that we always the seller waiting for the summer, when you watch other teams loading up on players for the playoffs. I think it might reach the 10 years mark when the Oilers might have a playoff appearance.

  • v4ance

    Some people are saying that we should have traded for more “proven” goalies. To paraphrase Lowetide, “goaltending development is witchcraft” and you never know when a goalie makes it or is just a one year wonder.

    Getting proven starters like Ward, Miller, Halak could have been done but we’d be paying premium prices for name recognition and not much else. Even if we bought, we’d be buying these guys on the downslope of their careers.

    The best time to “buy” on a goalie is before they get the name recognition not after. Scrivens or Fasth could turn out to be the next Rask, Varlamov, Bishop, Kipper, or Bobrovsky. Or they could be Raycroft.

    Really, you’re always taking a gamble when you acquire a new goalie. I like the MacT version of taking “low cost” gambles. Two 3rds and a 5th for average or above average goaltending? Sounds good to me.