In October, James Reimer was, by consensus, the player whose performance would define the year for the Maple Leafs. Four months later, it's Reimer on the bench while Jonas Gustavsson, it would appear, has saved the season and now owns the Leaf net. One suspects, however, that just as quickly as the goaltending see-saw has tilted in Gustavsson's favour, it could easily tilt back towards Reimer. They are two young goalies looking to establish themselves as bona fide NHL-calibre netminders. Right now, it's still about whether either or both are in the NHL to stay, and about a competition in the Leaf crease that began as one-sided in the fall but is now very much up for grabs.
Game on for Leaf goalies in battle of the crease
Toronto Star | Jan 12