Leafs release veteran goaltender Neuvirth from tryout contract

"Wasn't feeling it" says coach Babcock

Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth (30) makes a save against the New York Islanders during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports 

Toronto Maple Leafs have released veteran goaltender Michal Neuvirth from a professional tryout contract.

He was let go after only two periods of play in the pre-season where he allowed two goals Saturday in a 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

The 31-year-old was supposed to start Monday on the road against the Montreal Canadiens but head coach Mike Babcock said the Czech “wasn’t feeling it.”

Drafted 34th overall in 2006 by the Washington Capitals, Neuvirth has compiled a 105-93-26 record, with a .910 save percentage and 2.71 goals-against average in 257 games while playing with Buffalo, the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.  

Michael Hutchinson made 38 saves in a 3-0 shutout win against the Canadiens. The Maple Leafs have also recalled goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from the AHL (Toronto Marlies).

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Posted: Sep 24 2019 6:33 pm
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