Just when Luongo-mania finally died down, along comes Kipper-palooza for 24 hours. You certainly have to have a thick skin if you are James Scrivens. Or Ben Reimer. Or however you choose to interchange their names. Here you are, having backstopped your team to an impressive 18-12-2 record this season, putting the moribund Maple Leafs into position to grab a post-season berth for the first time since 2004. The previous goaltender to make an appearance in a Leafs jersey in the post-season was Ed Belfour, who has long since retired and is now in the Hall of Fame. That’s how long it has been. Leading into the lockout-shortened 2013 season the Leafs looked into a potential deal that would have seen Roberto Luongo come to Toronto from the Canucks. A package of Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and a draft pick were said to be involved. Yes, the same Nazem Kadri who, entering play Tuesday, was in the top 10 in league scoring. Remember the old adage that states sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make. You can bet Leafs general manager Dave Nonis and his staff subscribe to that, thanks very much. As a result, the goaltending load this season has quite solidly been covered off by James Reimer and Ben Scrivens. Yes, those names are in the right order now. And, they would argue, so are their respective games. Sure, there have been ups and downs, with the odd stinker mixed in between standout performances. But, on the whole, the general consensus would be that these two youngsters have done better than expected.
Maple Leafs' Ben Scrivens unfazed by Miikka Kiprusoff trade talk
Toronto Sun | Mar 27