Maple Leafs sign goalie Stolarz, ink Woll to extension

Backup for Cup champs will team with Woll, with Murray as insurance

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The Maple Leafs have their goaltending tandem in place.

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Hours after Joseph Woll signed an extension on Monday morning, the Leafs signed Anthony Stolarz as free agency opened in the National Hockey League.

The 30-year-old Stolarz, who backed up Sergei Bobrovsky in the Florida Panthers’ run to a Stanley Cup title this spring signed a two-year deal with an annual average value of $2.5 million U.S.

A native of Edison, N.J., Stolarz has played in 109 NHL games, going 43-31-9 with a .914 save percentage. In 27 games last season, he was 16-7-2 with a .925 save percentage.

In an interview with TSN, Stolarz indicated he is ready to take a run at the starting job with the Leafs.

“Only one of us can play (at any given time),” Stolarz said. “You’re always going to be fighting for starts and it’s something I pride myself in, is being a good teammate, whether it’s me or Joseph in the net, I’m going to support him and work as hard as I can to push us.”

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Why the Leafs? Stolarz had interest from other teams.

“I just though they are a team that is super competitive, there is a lot of talent on that roster,” Stolarz said. “I thought with myself being added to it, we can do great things there.

“It has been quite the experience with the (Panthers’ Cup) parade yesterday and to make the decision today to come to Toronto. Super excited about it and looking forward to the opportunity.”

A second-round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012, Stolarz also has played for Anaheim and Edmonton.

And there came word, initially via TSN’s Darren Dreger, that the Leafs will be re-signing goalie Matt Murray as further veteran insurance to a one-year contract with an AAV of $875,000. Murray, who recovered from bilateral hip surgery last season in time to play in three games for the Toronto Marlies, would play the role that Martin Jones filled as the Leafs’ third-stringer last season.

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The Leafs announced they had signed Woll to a three-year extension with an average annual value of $3.66 million.

The contract begins in the 2025-26 season. Woll is under contract for 2024-25 with an AAV of $766,667. After that, he would have been a restricted free agent.

The key, of course, for Woll will be to stay healthy in the coming seasons. He turns 26 on July 12 but has played in just 39 NHL games in the past three seasons. In 2023-24, a high ankle sprain in December put him on the shelf for several months and then he suffered a back injury at the end of Game 6 of the first round against the Boston Bruins.

Woll has a .915 save percentage in his NHL career, so the Leafs’ optimism that he can be their No. 1 netminder is well-placed. Now, to keep him away from continuing being on a first-name basis with the Leafs’ medical staff.

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