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Leafs to trust goalie with 17 games AHL experience
Ah, misery.

That must be what’s on the mind of Brad Treliving, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Once again, the organization is having to deal with a problem in front of the net because the goalies aren’t getting the job done this season.

Things are so bad that the team put Ilya Samsonov’s name in the waivers yesterday. This is the Queen City.

The Leafs have come up with a short-term solution to remedy the situation… By recalling Dennis Hildeby from the Marlies.

Who’s he, you ask?

We’re talking about a 22-year-old goalie with a HUGE 17 games of AHL experience. #Oops

Hildeby’s stats have been good so far this season (2.20 goals-against average and .919 save percentage), but this is his first full pro season in North America.

That’s a lot of pressure for a young goalie:

Is this ideal? I’ll let you answer that easy question.

But the Leafs had no choice but to try something because, despite the talent on the roster, the club has been too inconsistent this season.

The Canadiens find themselves six points behind the Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division. And let’s face it, that’s not right.

Dennis Hildeby will come on in relief, and it will be interesting to see if he can fill the saviour’s chair. That said, it’s nice to have confidence in a new man…

But at some point, the Leafs will have to solve their goaltending problem before it’s too late. It’s a shame, because William Nylander, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are all in their primes right now and probably playing the best hockey of their respective careers.

It’s up to Brad Treliving to help his players. I’m just saying… Wouldn’t he be tempted to call Kent Hughes about Jake Allen?

It seems to me that this would have the potential to help a lot of things, both in Toronto and in Montreal. No?

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