Garret Sparks to start for the Leafs on Monday

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 29 2015 11:45AM

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The last time that the Leafs started a Calder trophy eligible goaltender in goal, Jussi Rynnas let in seven goals in a blowout loss to Philadelphia at the end of the 2011/12 season. He never played a game for Toronto again after that. Garret Sparks will probably be looking for a different fate on Monday night, as he steps between the pipes to play his first career NHL game.

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LFR9 - Game 23 - Voodoo Mistakes - Wsh 4, Tor 2

Steve Dangle
November 29 2015 11:17AM

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The more I try to defend Jonathan Bernier the harder it becomes.

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This Week in #Content: November 28, 2015

Justin Fisher
November 29 2015 10:49AM


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On a possible James Reimer extension, or why the Maple Leafs will trade a goalie this year

Thomas Drance
November 29 2015 08:46AM

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Over the past month Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer has carried an under-skilled team to respectability.

Reimer, 27, is stopping better than 93 percent of all shots faced this season and is fourth among NHL goaltenders who have made a minimum of five starts in save percentage. The Maple Leafs have earned points in 11 of Reimer's 14 starts. In the nine games in which Reimer has watched the opening faceoff in a ball cap, the club has managed just a single point.

There's no question that Reimer has been Toronto's MVP, but the club has reportedly held off on engaging the Manitoba-born goaltender, a pending unrestricted free agent at seasons end, in contract extension talks. Should the club be looking to re-sign the man they call Optimus Reim?

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Leafs Postgame: How About That Goaltending

Justin Fisher
November 28 2015 08:27PM


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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.

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