Toronto Maple Leafs: Politics of the Crease

February 2nd, 2011 by Matt Wiseman Leave a reply »
Three's a crowd in Leafs Nation. With all those names between the pipes earning your starts may not be enough.

The unofficial second half of the Toronto Maple Leafs season started off on the right track with a shootout victory over the Florida Panthers. Jean-Sebastien Giguere earned the victory to push his season record to one game over .500 at 10-9-3.

Backing up Giguere was the pleasantly surprising James Reimer, who has arguably been the Leafs most consistent player between the pipes. Although, that assessment may be a bit premature considering that he has played in considerably fewer games with an overall record of 4-3-0.

Ron Wilson chose to go with Reimer as the backup to Giguere because both the team and coaching staff have found an overwhelming confidence in his game that has resonated out of his strong play. Even Leafs Nation has become excited about their young net minder, dubbing him “Optimus Reim,” as a result of his successful play thus far.

If this is the case, why was Giguere in net rather than Reimer? Well, for a few reasons.

First, Giguere is a Stanley Cup winner and has developed a solid veteran rapp ...

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