Toronto Maple Leafs: Blame It on Francois Allaire?

March 6th, 2012 by Andrew DeGannes Leave a reply »
There is one question that every Maple Leafs fan has asked at least once already this season – What is wrong with James Reimer?

There was the feeling amongst fans coming into this season that the Maple Leafs had found their No. 1 goalie and who could really blame them?

The days of Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala were behind them and the dawn of "Optimus Reim" was approaching.

Reimer’s break into the league was circumstantial to say the least.

During the 2010-11 season, poor play and injuries to Jonas Gustavsson and Jean-Sebastian Giguere forced Ron Wilson to give  his shot.

Reimer took the proverbial ball and ran with it recording 20 wins, 10 losses and five overtime losses in37 starts. He finished the year with a .921 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average.

The Leafs fell short of the playoffs, but the love affair with Reimer and Leaf fans had begun. He provided a fan base that had little hope with some excitement and optimism with every sensational save he made.

There were some outstanding performances from the young net-minder, including a game in Philadelphia were Reim ...

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