November 28 2015 08:27PM
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
When it was announced that James Reimer would be sitting out tonight's date with the Washington Capitals due to injury, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock stressed how big of an opportunity this was for beleaguered backup Jonathan Bernier to play his way back into contention for more starts.
I'm sure this isn't what Bernier (or Babcock) had in mind.
Four different Capitals would beat Bernier in fashions ranging from ugly to hilarious, and at the other end of the ice Braden Holtby would stand tall enough to secure the 4-2 win. Peter Holland and Leo Komarov picked up the markers for the Leafs.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 28 2015 05:58PM
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My first ever game in the Marlies press box was on Boxing Day 2011. Up until that point, I had spent a year and a half at the rink for every game, using my laptop atop section 104 at Ricoh Coliseum; where the strongest guest WiFi was. But suddenly, my plans hit a hurdle; the Marlies decided to play the post-Christmas game against Hamilton at the Air Canada Centre.
November 28 2015 02:23PM
He may sit on the bench tonight (at least to start), but the Leafs have finally called up one of my favorite prospects; goaltender Garret Sparks was given the nod to replace an injured James Reimer in Toronto's lineup against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
Will that be enough to overcome Braden Holtby? Probably not. But it's my favorite storyline and I'm sticking to it.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 28 2015 09:24AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a bit of a roster shuffle ahead of tonight's game against the Washington Capitals, calling up Toronto Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks while sending down defenceman Scott Harrington to the Marlies.
November 27 2015 11:00AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs' November turnaround has been driven largely by goaltending, though special teams play and the surprising sturdiness of Toronto's first line have also been major contributors.
Driving the bus in all of these areas are goaltender James Reimer and first-line centre Nazem Kadri, both pending free agents (Kadri will be restricted, Reimer will hit the open market).
Reimer and Kadri are 25 and 27 respectively, so they're young enough to project as being, perhaps, contributing pieces on a future contending iteration of the Maple Leafs. Though both players have performed very well for the Maple Leafs, the club has yet to reach out to their representatives to discuss the possibility of a contract extension, according to a report from Sportsnet's Damien Cox.