Reimer Regains Starting Job
(3/24/12) Ron Wilson pretty much made a mess of a good thing in Toronto. Even though James Reimer was on fire to close out last season, he called him out in the press - openly questioning his ability to do it full time as an NHL starter. The 2011-12 year started well for Reimer, he went 4-0-1 before suffering an injury that sidelined him until December. When he returned, backup Jonas Gustavsson was playing well, so instead of reinstating Reimer as the team's undisputed number one, Wilson decided to play the hot hand. And, in the end it was Wilson who got burned when he was fired.
Under Randy Carlyle, the reigns have been given back to James Reimer. He's started every Maple Leafs' game for 2 weeks now, and in the process has gone a respectable 3-3, while the team has floundered. Now, we aren't singing his praises just yet, but in the very least Reimer is finally being given his due chance to play the number one spot that he earned last season, albeit too late for Toronto.
Friday night, Reimer stopped 43 shots and got the shootout decision as the Leafs defeated the Devils 4-3. In regards to another late season playoff push, it doesn't appear to be in the cards for Toronto. But, in regards to fantasy hockey in 2012-13, perhaps Reimer will finally get what he earned last year: a chance to be the Maple Leafs' top dog. And, if you are a believer in the blue and white for '12-13, Reimer would therefore be due for a nice year.