November 17 2015 07:53AM
The Leafs' goaltending situation for roughly the last half decade - bordering on a little longer than that - has been nothing short of a comedy of errors.
It may have started with Andrew Raycroft. It may have started with Jonas Gustavsson or Vesa Toskala; at this point, it almost doesn't even matter. The bottom line, where it stands now, is that the Toronto Maple Leafs can't get a win out of Jonathan Bernier to save their lives and James Reimer is a pending unrestricted free agent.
That leaves the team right where they've been for the last few years - failing to put up successful numbers in net while also icing an impressive product. As a result, the rumors are starting to fly - and Malcolm Subban, the former first round draft selection for the Boston Bruins, is the name that's been brought up more often than not.
November 16 2015 05:25PM
The Leafs aren't exactly in a rush to get Stephane Robidas back into their lineup; they're having enough trouble fitting in the defencemen that are healthy and better suited to the present roster. That hasn't stopped the Robidas from trying to come back though his timeline is still yet to be seen.
November 16 2015 02:00PM
You know you're having a rough go at things when just about any attempt to wear you down is successful. Such was Jonathan Bernier's night yesterday, which is yet another cog in the machine of sadness for a goalie once pegged as the long-term answer in Toronto. It's kind of sad to see, really; he's either having awful luck at the worst possible time for his career, or he's starting a very sudden decline.
For the sake of both sides, the former needs to be the end-game here. We'll see. In the meantime, we've got another mailbag for you! If you want to be in next weeks, tweet at @TLNdc with your questions, or leave a comment.
November 16 2015 12:00PM
The Leafs spent the past week playing some of their best hockey since the lockout-shortened season, and after a terrible 1-7-2 October, they are now enjoying a 4-2-2 November and though they are still just 2 points ahead of last place in the league, the spot hilariously occupied by the Edmonton Oilers. As much as I'd rather continue to explore how great it is that the Oilers are still the absolute worst team in the league, and probably always will be, there are legitimate good performances from the Leafs this week that need to be recognized, so I'll do that instead.
November 16 2015 10:31AM
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I sincerely didn't expect Toronto's goaltending to be garnering any accolades this season, but here we are - James Reimer is the NHL's third star of the week. Matt Duchene took home the top weekly honours while Mats Zuccarello was named second star.
Reimer went 3-0-0 in three games this week, with a .952 SV% and a 1.62 GAA. The 27-year old has made the most of his latest opportunity to run with the Leafs' net. Jonathan Bernier, who has yet to win a game this season, sat out for an extended period of time, allowing Reimer to find a groove and turn in stellar performance after stellar performance.