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Toronto Needs Goaltending Help

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

So perhaps a No. 1 centre may not be the top priority for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline after all.

On a night when Tyler Bozak, who skates between Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul on Toronto’s top line, scored two goals, the focus moved off him and directly into the goal crease.

Leafs goalie James Reimer entered the night riding a three-game winning streak—two of which were shutouts—but he struggled in a 4-3 loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia. In a game where the Leafs really needed big saves, he didn’t have enough in his arsenal. And as well as his partner, Jonas Gustavsson, has played when given the chance to start, the Leafs goaltending continues to be an area of concern on a nightly basis.


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So Reimier losing one game after winning three in a row including two shutouts constitutes the team needing help in goal?

I wonder how many teams would take a goalie winning 75% of his starts and getting shutouts on 50% of them.

Goaltending is absolutely THE problem in Toronto.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/12 at 02:45 PM ET

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Garth, those numbers hardly hide the fact that this is not a top-tier goalie.  Goaltending is a huge problem for Toronto - they’ve lost a lot of games on bad goals, the numbers for three games notwithstanding.  Basically, Reimer’s a piece, and Gustavsson is not really an NHL goalie.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 02/10/12 at 04:09 PM ET


True, but they’ve also lost a lot of games in the past couple years because of bad defense and bad offense, so it’s silly to point out bad goaltending, especially when it’s really just inconsistent goaltending, and especially after the goaltender in question pitched shutouts against the two teams directly in front of them in the standings, including bailing out his team when they could only score one goal against Pittsburgh.

Posted by Garth on 02/10/12 at 04:40 PM ET

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