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?
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.
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.
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.