Trivia question: Who is the highest paid player that is currently playing for the Maple Leafs?
It’s not Tyler Bozak or Nazem Kadri or Morgan Rielly.
You can’t count Joffrey Lupul or the forgotten Nathan Horton because they are not playing for Toronto.
If you guessed James Van Riemsdyk, you are at lest half right.
JVR and Frederik Anderson are the highest paid Maple Leafs, each earning 5-million dollars a season.
The aforementioned Leafs forward has had an okay start to the 2016/17 season, collecting 3 goals and an assist in six games.
But Anderson, Toronto’s highest profile off-season acquisition, has not lived up to his billing.
The supposed #1 goalie is 1-and-1 with three overtime losses and has a 4.29 goals against average and .851 save percentage.
Those stats would be passable in, say the high scoring 1980’s, but in today’s NHL that stat line will get you to the AHL in a hurry.
The issue for the Leafs is they have signed Anderson to a five year contract and 5-million per season.
So head coach Mike Babcock and GM Lou Lamoriello will have to grit their teeth until Anderson finds his game, which he apparently left in Anaheim.
It’s a double edged sword, the Leafs aren’t expected to win more than they lose… but as a goalie, you don’t want that to happen.