23 Intently Staring Goalies
by lsefton on 04/04/13 at 02:20 PM ET
If you watched the trade deadline coverage on TSN/NHL Network/Rogers Sportsnet, their respective trade trackers, monitored Twitter feeds, hung out on Facebook, or otherwise, the biggest story of the day was what didn't happen.
No Luongo Trade
And its little brother:
No Kiprusoff Trade
And wow, James Reimer is being nice about the whole thing (via a headline from the National Post:
"Leafs goalie James Reimer calls lack of trade activity a ‘vote of confidence’"
By not adding to the press and blog-fueled hyper frenzy about the Leafs needing to get a goalie with playoff experience, and the on-going soap opera about Toronto making a trade for Luongo *any minute now*, Reimer has been showing that he's ready to be the #1 goalie in Toronto. That's something that's gotten lost while the pundits were using the scanning electron microscope to find the story that just didn't happen.
More from Michael Traikos at the National Post:
James Reimer tried to play it cool.
It was just another day, he said. He went shopping for groceries. Mundane stuff, really. There was no stress. He wasn’t worried.
But the look on his face — and everyone else’s in the dressing room — on Thursday told another story.
A day earlier, the Toronto Maple Leafs had attempted to add a veteran goaltender at the trade deadline. The team was in talks with Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and reportedly kicked tires on a trade for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.
But in the end, the only move the team made was acquiring stay-at-home defenceman Ryan O’Byrne for a fourth-round draft pick in 2014, meaning the Leafs will finish the season with the most of the same group that got them here. And while Reimer was not admitting this was a load off his shoulders, he did acknowledge that it sent a pretty direct message.
“It obviously gives us confidence in this group and what we can do and what we can achieve,” said Reimer, who is expected to be in net when the Leafs host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies
23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.
On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.
I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.
We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.
It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!