Jack Campbell is moving to Edmonton Oilers on a five-year, 25 million contract.
Free agent Netminder spent the last two and a half seasons in Toronto. Campbell, 30, is stepping into his first season as a full-time starter after taking over as Leafs No. 1 netminder from Frederick Anderson in the middle of the 2020-21 campaign.
Campbell scored 31-9-6 and 2.64 goals with a .914 saving percentage – while battling injuries compared to the average in 2021-22 and the second half difficult after the absence of Covid-19. The following season, Toronto lost 3–3–1 to Tampa Bay in the first round with .897 SV% and 3.15 GAA.
Eulers was looking for an opener target after receiving information that veteran Mike Smith had been moved to the injured reserve. Campbell had discussed the expansion with Leafs over the past year, but Toronto had not made an offer to Campbell in a few months. Leafs traded Ottawa for Matt Murray last week without confirming Campbell’s open market.
Campbell, like some of the other goalkeepers in the unrestricted market this summer – Vile Hussey is second – has not proved that he can lead the team throughout the season, especially since he has not played 50 games in any game. His eight years in the NHL.
“We all love soup,” Toronto star forward Austin Matthews said of the team’s media availability at the end of the season. “He shows every game, no matter what. He wants to go there, he wants to compete. “