Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Scrivens Pleased to Secure his Future

Goaltender, Ben Scrivens, admits that he is relieved to have finally sorted out his future by agreeing a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 26-year-old will be paid $600,000 during the first year of the deal and $625,000 in the second.
"It's a big weight off my mind," said Scrivens. "For me, it was a long summer. I've never really been through a process like that, so I’m glad it’s all behind me now."

Scrivens is expected to push James Reimer for a starting spot in the Maple Leafs’ line-up this season, after Jonas Gustavsson, who featured in 42 games for Toronto last term, agreed a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings this summer.

Scrivens made his first regular season start for the Maple Leafs in November 2011 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and went on to play in 11 more matches in 2011-12.

He also featured for the Toronto Marlies last season, the Maple Leafs’ top affiliate, who play in the American Hockey League (AHL). 

Scrivens made 39 appearances for the Marlies in 2011-12 and had a 22-15-1 record. He kept four shutouts and led the AHL with a 2.04 goals against average, as the Marlies embarked on a run to the Western Conference title and a place in the Calder Cup final.

In 2010-11, he featured in 33 matches for the Marlies, having previously played for the Reading Royals and Cornell Big Red.

The Maple Leafs have a proud history and have won 13 Stanley Cup championships, second only to the 24 secured by the Montreal Canadiens.

However, their last success came in 1967, and they have not managed to qualify for the play-offs since the 2003-04 campaign, when they were beaten in the Conference semi-finals by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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