Toronto Maple Leafs: A "Head Shot," Suspension and Injuries Solve Goalie Issues

January 15th, 2011 by Cale Loney Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs have had their three goalie problem solved for them. With minor injuries to Fredrick Sjostrom and Kris Versteeg, and the suspension to Mike Brown, the Leafs needed to call-up a player from the Toronto Marlies to fill the roster.

Since Versteeg and Sjostrom are both day-to-day the Leafs did not place them on the long-term injury reserve. They were required to send James Reimer down to the Marlies to stay under the 23-player contract limit.

Reimer is an unfortunate victim of circumstances. Most NHL teams don't like to carry three goaltenders, both the Leafs and the Marlies have have injured players, and being the only goalie on a two-way contract made the decision easier.

After the young goalie's stellar play, it has become clear that the Leafs goaltending depth isn't a myth. With Reimer being sent to down due to injuries and suspensions there is at least one beneficiary, Marlies call-up Marcel Mueller.

Mueller has 7 goals and 20 points in 39 games this season with the Marlies. The 6'3", 220 pound winger will try to bring his powerful play to the NHL level. This will be Mueller's first NHL game of his career.


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