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Newly Introduced Policy Will Give Toronto a Big Boost in the Playoffs


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Dorin Canaday
April 18, 2023  (7:16 PM)
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As the regular season wrapped up, the Maple Leafs were in the midst of a goaltending crisis, even having to resort to enlisting university and junior players as backup goalies.

Toronto Gets Help From New Rule

Toronto was forced to get creative after Matt Murray suffered an injury, opting to sign top NCAA prospect Matthew Knies instead of calling up a third-string netminder. With the team's salary cap constraints, making roster adjustments proved to be a difficult task for GM Kyle Dubas.
Luckily, the Maple Leafs found a reprieve thanks to a recent NHL rule change, as reported by Sportsnet's Luke Fox:
''Sheldon Keefe says Matt Murray is «progressing well» and has been skating for a week now (but not every day). Erik Kallgren is the third goalie for now.''

''Keefe says a rule change allows teams to carry a pro goalie as an EBUG in playoffs.''

While there is no cap limit or call-up restrictions during the playoffs, the updated rule now permits teams to add a third goaltender from within their organization to their postseason roster as an Emergency Backup Goalie (EBUG). This is a departure from the conventional practice of relying on a random substitute goalie.
As a result, the Maple Leafs were able to call up Erik Kallgren from their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, without facing any penalties.
As read on Bruins Insider - Maple Leafs Get Major Boost From New Playoff Rule
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Newly Introduced Policy Will Give Toronto a Big Boost in the Playoffs

Should NHL teams have access to 3 goalie all the time?

Yes. No more EBUG6366.3 %
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