Leafs loan Kaskisuo to AHL, Babcock says team may need another goalie

Andre Deveaux and Shawn Matthias join Jeff Blair on Leafs Morning Skate to discuss Toronto's goalie situation. Both former players aren't sold on Garret Sparks and think Michael Hutchinson is a better option for the Maple Leafs.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the club’s AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, the team announced Friday morning.

Kaskisuo was recently recalled to back up Michael Hutchinson, who made his Maple Leafs debut in a 4-3 loss yesterday. Starting goaltender Frederik Andersen was recently placed on the injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 23, while Garret Sparks underwent concussion protocol after taking a shot to the mask in practice a day before.

Kaskisuo has not played an NHL game yet in his career. In 11 AHL games this season, the 25-year-old has struggled, posting an .866 save percentage and a 4.12 goals-against average.

The Marlies play three games in three nights this weekend, starting with a trip to Binghamton to take on the Senators on Friday, so the team will need goaltending help with both of their starting goalies — Kaskisuo and Hutchinson — up with the big club. In their absence, the Marlies have had to rely heavily on Eamon McAdam, who was acquired from the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Martin in the off-season.

After Thursday’s game, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock alluded to the possibility that the team may have to bring in goaltending help.

“I don’t know what’s going on. We were just talking about maybe finding another goalie,” Babcock told reporters. “We’d like (Kaskisuo) to get playing, we don’t want him to be sitting around. So, maybe we’ve got to find another goalie and go from there.”

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