Frederik Andersen confident new-look Maple Leafs will come together quickly

Frederik Andersen isn't worried about cohesiveness being an issue for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who could have several new players in the lineup when they open the regular season at home against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 2.

"I don't see that becoming the biggest concern at all," the goalie said Thursday at Smashfest, a charity pingpong tournament in support of concussion and cancer research hosted by former NHL player Dominic Moore. "There's a lot of new faces already, and we're trying to acclimate ourselves with the new guys.

"Obviously, saying goodbye to guys I got to know a lot the last few years is tough, but that is part of how the business works. As a team, we're trying to go in the right direction, keep building, and keep trying to find ways to improve."

Two of the new additions are defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Alexander Kerfoot, each acquired in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1 that sent Nazem Kadri to Colorado. Andersen is looking forward to playing behind Barrie, who has 307 points (75 goals, 232 assists) in 484 NHL games.

"A good puck-moving defenseman," Andersen said. "The times I've met him off the ice, he seems like a really good person who can add to our locker room with a lot of good guys here already."

Andersen has also helped welcome Kerfoot, who has 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists) in 157 NHL games.

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