April 03 2012 12:44PM
Coming into this season, I don't really fault Brian Burke for wanting to get a full year out of James Reimer. After all, his rookie season was very promising with a .933 save percentage off of 939 shots against at even strength. His overall save percentage dropped (.921) because the Leafs' penalty kill was so poor, but there were certainly good things to be seen with Reimer in control.
However, Burke never got a good backup for him, a move that may have cost the Toronto Maple Leafs a playoff spot this season. Jonas Gustavsson had a .910 save percentage at evens in 2011 and another .910 in 2010. The evidence was pretty overwhelming against 'The Monster' yet Burke went with Gustavsson as Reimer's backup.
April 03 2012 11:01AM
As long as I've been a Leafs fan, I've yet to see things really spiral out of control the way they have this time around. I wasn't exactly alive for the Ballard years, and in the late 90's (when the team was sort of in reset-mode) I was a kid in junior high.
For the entirety of my adult life, the Leafs have been dreadful. This season is obviously no different results-wise, but it feels like a lot has changed.
Everything surrounding the team seems in such disarray that it's tough to decide on which issue you're going to touch on when discussing hockey on a given day. Usually you'll find, when logging on to Twitter in the morning, that there's an opinion or quote that fans and analysts are all dipping in to, but now it's as if they're coming on in barrels.
April 02 2012 09:19AM
There’s an old saying that goes something along the lines of ‘in the victor, all manner of errors are forgiven; in the loser, no imperfection ignored.’ I doubt that’s the exact line but the gist is there.
It’s probably something that Brian Burke can relate to at this point.
Leafs Nation Podcast
April 01 2012 06:45PM
We've all complained about the state of the Leafs' post-lockout goaltending - and with good reason - but rarely do we get the chance to sit down and have a chat with an expert on the subject, and get a thorough evaluation of where the team is at on a player-by-player basis right down the depth chart.
Justin Goldman of the Goalie Guild (@TheGoalieGuild) and Ian (@67Sound) joined me (@JPNikota) for this week's podcast, and it was a dandy. Follow me over the jump for more.
April 01 2012 11:12AM
Because even Lowetide needs a break now and then, we decided to go with a bit of a "best of" clip show this week. Past segments featuring Sean Brown, Todd Nelson and Skip Krake are included. Fret not folks, LT will be back soon to talk about the MPS recall fiasco (amongst other things)...
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