Maple Leafs Goalies Must Be Tougher Than This Right?

by TSM

Fascinating what a difference a year makes. Life as a Leafs fan last year when Brian Burke was GM is much different then it is now under Dave Nonis.

“On Wednesday Dave Nonis, Burke’s former right-hand man and eventual successor, did nothing — or next to nothing — at the trade deadline and it felt like the start of something.

Maybe even something good.”

When was the last time you saw comments like that after a slow deadline day?

Positive Maple Leafs commentary??

Unusual to say the least.

But I digress. What struck me this evening was the article written by Steve Simmons.

“It is James Reimer’s job for now and he will smile beneath his mask, because that’s what he does.

But, inside, he has to know better.

Inside, there has to be a little hurt, a little disappointment, that as well as he’s played and as much as he has been a part of the Leafs’ success, it didn’t seem like enough to those who manage the decisions with the hockey club.”

Maybe Steve is right and maybe Reimer’s ego is a little bruised but REALLY?

I’d really like to think that he and Scrivens are tougher than that.

It’s easy for me say that standing from the sidelines. I really hope that these guys are smart enough to understand what’s been happening around them.

I hope that these guys are bigger mentally then some are giving them credit for.

Does any pro athlete not know that the job of their GM is to improve their teams chances to win.

I understand ego. I am sure that these guys want to be the number one guy. Aren’t they smart enough to sense what is going on though?

“Reimer understands, but it doesn’t mean he has to like it. He understands this season has been all about first among equals and he is winning that competition. He has put the Leafs in a position to make the playoffs and the best way to define a goaltender isn’t necessarily by statistics: The Grant Fuhr axiom works best in this case.”

I guess there are two ways he can look at it right? He can be pissed and upset and allow it to effect his play. Conversely he can be pissed and show the world that he is the guy after all. He has the reins now. He has the chance. Irrespective of the intent of his GM, he has the proverbial conch. It’s his to run with or blow.

Personally, I don’t want a player on my team who doesn’t want to be the guy. I don’t want a guy who isn’t upset internally that he isn’t the guy. How players deal with that is what defines them.

I hope he is smarter than is being suggested.


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itchy butt
itchy butt
April 4, 2013 6:40 am

I’ve read this 4 times and still can’t make any sense out of it.

Other than a bunch of “twattering” do we know for sure that Nonis wanted to make those deals? Cuz as someone from the outside looking in, I would never want either of 2 old overpaid goalies over 2 younger ones who have played well.

Just another case of someone making a mountain out of a grain of sand.

Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
April 4, 2013 10:07 am

I think a professional hockey player, has been immersed in competition for their position for years. I think they thrive on it, and I think through personal observation, it is that competition and how they react to it that helps make them rise to the top.

I think Reimer will be better off for it, and I think the team will get better goal tending as Reimer/Scrivens fight to prove themselves.

Do you think the drive and determination would be the same if he/they were anointed the “goalie of the Leafs for the next decade”?

April 6, 2013 12:21 am

Reimer and Scrivens likely understand that they are the Leafs goaltenders for the present and the near-future until they are told differently. And until the are told differently, they understand that if they play well and up to their potentials they will continue to get the netminding duties. The thing with Kirprusoff has nothing to do with Reimer and Scrivens. It has everything to do with Kiprusoff and the fact that he just doesn’t want to continue being an athlete. He doesn’t want a fresh start and doesn’t want the spotlight. He wants to stop playing hockey.

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