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Do The Leafs Need A Veteran Goaltender?

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

What is already widely established is that GM Dave Nonis has adding a veteran netminder on his might-do list this week, as the organization has already been kicking tires on veterans like Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.

What makes that decision more divisive than it was back in training camp is that Reimer has, in his limited sample size, established himself as a more than capable No.1 goaltender.

After Saturday’s shutout, the 25-year-old former fourth-round pick is up among the league leaders in save percentage, sitting tied for eighth among goaltenders with 15 or more starts at .920.

Even more tellingly, his even-strength save percentage – which is generally more predictive of future success – has been .933, .918 and .926 in his first three seasons, putting him significantly above the average in a career that is approaching 100 games.

The numbers also appear to have been trending upward ever since Reimer recovered from a concussion early last season.

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