The Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltending depth took a hit Tuesday after they lost Curtis McElhinney and Calvin Pickard to the waiver wire.
McElhinney was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes and Pickard by the Philadelphia Flyers a day after they were placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs, who are going with Garret Sparks as the backup to No. 1 Frederik Andersen.
Toronto claimed McElhinney off waivers from Columbus in the 2016-17 season. He had a 6-7-0 record over 14 games with Toronto that season, with a 2.85 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and a shutout.
The 35-year-old only appeared in 18 games last season as Anderson’s backup, but was solid with an 11-5-1 record, 2.14 GAA, .934 save percentage and three shutouts.
Pickard, 26, had a 21-9-1 record with a 2.31 GAA and .918 save percentage with the Toronto Marlies last season. He played one game with the Leafs, making 24 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado.
Sparks was named the AHL’s top goalie last season with a 31-9-1 record, 1.79 GAA, .936 save percentage and six shutouts. He went 14-5 in the playoffs with a 1.00 GAA and .956 save percentage to help the Marlies capture the Calder Cup.
Sparks played 17 games for the Leafs in 2015-16, going 6-9-0 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
Tuesday’s moves leave Finnish goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo as the most experienced netminder on the Marlies.