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article imageNHL: Toronto Maple Leafs to sign top Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas

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By Gordon K. Chan     Apr 22, 2010 in Sports
Toronto - Jussi Rynnas is considered the best free agent goaltender in Europe and has opted to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The netminder chose Toronto because of the enthusiastic following of goalie coach, Francois Allaire.
The Maple Leafs are hoping snipers won't be able to finish against their new goaltender.
The signing of Finnish goalie Jussi Rynnas will add to the impressive goaltending personnel for the Maple Leafs organization.
The 23 year old played 31 games for the Finnish leagues with a .929 save percentage and a 2.50 goals against average (GAA).
Rynnas joins the club with the recently signed Gustavsson, who posted a 2.87 GAA, Giguere with a 2.86 GAA and minor leaguer Reimer, with a 2.55 GAA.
All of the goaltenders have performed at a high level, each above .900 save percentages.
Many credit the results to the Leafs goaltending coach Francois Allaire, considered a legend in the netminding community. Allaire, a native of Quebec, became well known with his mentoring of Patrick Roy. Allaire also worked with goaltender Giguere to win the Conn Smythe trophy in 2003 and a Stanley Cup in 2007.
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