Maple Leafs sign University of Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bishop to replace the Senators


TORONTO – These are the dangers of walking the tightrope on the salary cap.

Alex Bishop, a University of Toronto student, will be supporting Jack Campbell of the Toronto Maple Leafs in goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs on the first Saturday night of the season.

Petr Mrazek suffered a groin injury midway through Thursday’s Ottawa defeat and will be out for an indefinite period.

With the Leafs sitting so close to the canopy, they don’t have the space to call back an AHL goalkeeper (likely Michael Hutchinson).

The cap rules state that a team must short a position – in this case goalkeeper, an important one – for a game before receiving the necessary relief for a recall.

Essentially, the Maple Leafs choose to dress up an amateur backup rather than sending a skater down and playing with a short bench in front.

Fans may remember the Vegas Golden Knights also played shorthand last season.

Bishop, 24, signed a one-day amateur tryout with the Leafs to endorse Campbell.

The Richmond Hill, Ontario native and lifelong Leafs fan posted a record 19-5 in 2019-20 with a savings percentage of .922 for U of T.

In addition, top 4 defender Justin Holl did not take part in Toronto’s morning skate, so Timothy Liljegren will make his season debut.

Stay tuned for updates.

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