Before looking externally, we have to consider what the Leafs internal options would be if the team decides to just trade Andersen for salary relief. and not bring in a replacement.
Next on the depth chart is Campbell who was acquired before the trade deadline to provide stability behind Andersen. In the six games he suited up for the Leafs, the 28-year-old had a 3-2-1 record with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
It would be tough to expect Campbell to step in as the starter considering he has never started more than 26 games in a single season. The 28-year-old did show an ability to step in when Jonathan Quick has gone down with injuries but it would be tough to bet on him to start 50 or more games in a season.
What the Leafs could consider is a tandem situation where they increase Campbell’s workload and pair him with another goalie that can split the starts and leave the team with the choice to go with the better goaltender.
It’s not the likeliest option but one that would be more cost-efficient considering Campbell has a $1.65 million cap hit the next two seasons. This is why any goalie the Leafs might bring in to replace Andersen will need to come in at a reasonable cap hit.