Andersen, Maple Leafs have mutual interest in return: report

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Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs have a mutual interest in the pending free agent goalie re-signing, his agent told The Athletic on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old can be an unrestricted free agent July 28, but he told the Maple Leafs through agent Claude Lemieux he would be comfortable sharing playing time with Jack Campbell. Lemieux told the website the Maple Leafs reached out to Andersen to gague his interest in returning.

Andersen is 149-74-36 with a 2.79 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 268 games (267 starts) in five seasons with the Maple Leafs. He was 13-8-3 with a 2.96 GAA and .895 save percentage this season, when he missed 23 games with a knee injury.

“I’ll definitely look back on these five years with a lot of good memories,” Andersen said June 2. “So with regards to the future, I don’t know what’s in store yet, we’ll have to see.”

Campbell set an NHL record with 11 wins to start a season, breaking the mark of 10 set by Carey Price with the Montreal Canadiens in 2016-17. He was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 GAA, .921 save percentage and two shutouts, and had a 1.81 GAA and .934 save percentage in Toronto’s seven-game loss to Montreal in the Stanley Cup First Round.

“He’s such a great teammate and so supportive,” Campbell said of Andersen. “He basically just said he was proud, and we will get it done together.”

Andersen is one of 12 Maple Leafs eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, including forwards Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Zach Hyman and Alex Galchenyuk. He is 226-100-48 with a 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage in 393 NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto.

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