Holy heck this is nice, isn’t it? For those of you that live under rocks (that are Leaf fans, at least) James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier are both proving to be NHL starting goalies. With Reimer having a stellar 37 save performance Tuesday against Montreal and Bernier having an just-as amazing 31 save performance tonight, this is shaping into one of the best controversies the Leafs have ever had to deal with. In my opinion I would start Reimer against Ottawa, as he has absolutely KILLED the Senators. However it wouldn’t surprise me if Bernier bounced back the game after and started in Colorado. It is Reimer’s job to lose after his performance last year, and he isn’t going down without a fight. It’s clear that Bernier was brought in to claim the #1 spot however, given what was paid to acquire him.
Overall I would say the Leafs had a very sub-par game. Without Bernier / the PK / Cody Franson and Jay McClement the Leafs could easily have lost 5-3. Dave Bolland scored the game-winning goal and the insurance marker with under a minute left in the game, and he looked very good. SUCK ON THAT GRABBO (just kidding, love you always <3).
- Kessel scored on his birthday, which is awesome for the recently well-paid (as if he wasn’t before, but still) Maple Leaf. I KNOW WHO’S WINTER CLASSIC JERSEY I’M GETTING FOR CHRISTMAS.
- Kadri seemed to be playing on the 3rd / 4th line and didn’t see any action from what I could tell in the 3rd. Randy Carlyle really sticks to his philosophy that if you’re not playing well, your ice time will suffer.
- FREAKIN’ FRANSON! I feel like this man is going to replace Dion Phaneuf if Dave Nonis can’t sign the #1 Defenseman to a reasonable deal. Franson will probably want (this is my estimation, no accurate financial info WHATSOEVER) around 5M a year, which is completely reasonable if he continues to put up the same numbers he has. 5 Years at 5M a year, that sound okay Franson? #Please
- How under-rated is McClement? That man had been a God-send to the Leafs PK and he seems to always make the smart plays when he’s needed to.