Frederik Andersen said there has been some of discussion about a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs but pledged the situation won’t divert him about the ice.
“I try not to think about it actually,” the goalie said Friday. “The main focus has just been to go day by day here with the team, raise our levels, the standards, and I think that’s everyone. That’s just really been the focus.
“I understand by doing that I’m likely to receive the best opportunities in the future. And this year is the most important focus.”
Andersen will play the final season of a five-year contract he signed with Toronto on June 20, 2016, and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
He was 29-13-7 in 52 games last season. His 2. 85 goals-against average was the highest of his seven NHL seasons, and his . 909 save percentage was the lowest. He was 2-3 with a 1. 84 GAA and . 936 save percentage against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Andersen is fifth in wins (136), third in save percentage (. 916; minimum 100 games) and seventh in games (244) among Maple Leafs goalies, but is 10-14 in 25 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
General manager Kyle Dubas has not discussed Andersen’s contract situation this offseason. In October, he addressed reports that emerged after the Maple Leafs were eliminated by the Blue Jackets suggesting he was fielding trade calls on Andersen.
“I know where the [Andersen] speculation started and stems from, and instead of address it openly or become hostile about it, I just addressed it straight with Fred,” Dubas said then. “So he and I have had lots of discussions over the last month or so concerning that. He understands where