Look at who’s getting a start between the pipes.
James Reimer is getting the starter against Carolina tonight, and in all likelihood, Jonathan Bernier will be starting against the Washington Capitals the following night on Friday. What does that mean?
It means James Reimer play some of the best hockey of his life. That, or he stays the backup.
People jumped all over Darren Dreger this morning for calling James Reimer a backup, but at the moment that’s what he is, is he not?
Bernier has gotten most of the starts recently, and Reimer is getting Carolina in a back-to-back situation where the other team is Washington. They’re giving Reimer the "lesser" of the two teams, on paper at least. He’s the backup. For now.
But this is the NHL. Jobs are won and lost. If Bernier continues to struggle (which no Leafs fan should be cheering for, by the way), and Reimer succeeds, Carlyle would be nuts to keep Reimer riding the pine. Then again…
Isn’t this weird? Who would have thought that this time last year James Reimer starting a game would be noteworthy?