Hockey Widow wrote:Reimer can be a number one and its too early to go find someone else.
Under Nonis he needs at least 4 years before any prognosis can be given, as it should be with all young players with potential and he is simply amazing so far this year, his numbers are stellar, or they would be if he had a decent team in front of him and he has the Leafs firmly planted in a playoff spot and once the playoffs start I expect a Jonathan Quick type performance from him and after all he hasn't been around long enough for anyone to say he isn't a number one, or won't be a NHL number one at some point in the future which might be now if he has a deep playoff run and even if he doesn't it won't be his fault and Luongo would not have helped even if it is weak goaltending that gets them tossed and if they go deep it will because Reimer is a true number one and no one can offer an opinion otherwise because he is young and he hasn't had enough games for anyone to offer a meaningful opinion and besides Nonis is confident even if Randy says their biggest need is NHL calibre goaltending but he is a coach so what does he know because Nonis is a GM and he knows goalies, just ask Vancouver where he recognized our goaltending was a problem so he went out and got Luongo but wait he doesn't need Luongo now because he has a horrible contract that will cripple the team for years and besides he is happy with his current duo and know one can say otherwise because it is too early in Reimer's career to draw any meaningful comparison to anyone other than to say he is as good as Luongo who the Leafs don't need so there.
Look, Reimer may or may not be a number 1 goalie. He's not as good as Luongo right now, because he lets in more goals per game. And he might not be better than him in the future. I'd be willing to put money on him not having a better career. The Leafs are taking a risk here. He hasn't been durable. He hasn't played playoff hockey since the ECHL. He's doing well this year, but so are the Leafs. Is it because of Reimer, in spite of him, in tandem? The Leafs obviously felt their goaltending could use upgrading. Most would agree. If the playoffs started today, they'd go up against Boston. Tuukka Rask could be up for a Vezina this season. Fleury, Price, Lundvist, and Anderson are all more experienced playoff goalies, all have better GAA this season.
Ultimately, if TO passed up on Lou for what was offered (their backup and a couple picks), there's no excuse for that.