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Toronto invites former Philly goalie to training camp

july 22, 2019
Frederik Andersen is the clear number one goaltender in Toronto. As for a clear number 2, that remains to be seen.

According to Bill Meltzer of NHL.com, former Flyers goaltender Michael Neuvirth was approached by Toronto about a professional tryout contract for the team’s upcoming training camp. Despite training with Czech team Sparta, Neuvirth has accepted the try out.

A PTO does not guarantee a spot on the team once the regular season starts. Neuvirth would have to impress Toronto’s management enough at training camp to be offered a regular contract in order to join the team for the start of the regular season in October.

Neuvirth’s stats were nothing short of dismal with Philadelphia last season. He played in 7 games, winning just one of those. His GAA in those games was 4.27, while his save percentage was a lackluster .859.

Since being drafted by Washington in 2006, Neuvirth has played for the Caps, Buffalo and the New York Islanders, before signing a two-year contract with the Flyers in 2015. He was involved in a scary incident in April of 2017 when he collapsed on the ice during a game against New Jersey. He was taken to hospital, but all tests came back normal, according to the team.

As for Toronto, it appears the team is hoping that Michael Hutchinson will be the back up to Andersen, after a rough season by backup Garret Sparks last year. However, the Neuvirth PTO may be an attempt by the team to hedge its bet on Hutchinson.

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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 31 53
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 52
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 44
BRAD MARCHAND 29 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 43
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
JACK EICHEL 29 39
PATRICK KANE 29 35
ARTEMI PANARIN 28 34
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 31 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 19
LEON DRAISAITL 31 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 31 34
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 33
JOHN CARLSON 31 32
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 26
BRAD MARCHAND 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
CALE MAKAR 28 28
DOUGIE HAMILTON 29 28
VICTOR HEDMAN 24 24
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 28 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON 29 24
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 22 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 23 14
TUUKKA RASK 18 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
TRISTAN JARRY 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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