The Toronto Maple Leafs released former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth from his professional tryout on Tuesday — two months to the day the Leafs announced the signing.
Over the summer, Neuvirth turned down several better NHL deals for the opportunity to play for his favorite team growing up.
“Me as a kid, I was always a fan of Toronto,” Neuvirth said. “When Kyle called me, I was following my heart with the decision. Toronto was always my favorite.”
Neuvirth believed he could beat out Michael Hutchinson in training camp for the backup job behind Frederik Andersen.
“He is apparently really optimistic,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported then. “From what I heard, Neuvirth had options elsewhere in the league on much more firm deals. He turned them down to take the PTO in Toronto.”
Now Neuvirth’s NHL career is at a crossroads as he plots his next move.