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04-04-2013, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Schneider's career numbers are 'slightly' better? Is Reimer 'slightly' better than a goalie with a .900SV%?

Schneider's career numbers are much better. The best SV% in the NHL over the past 3 seasons - Reimer is middling...
Factor in the fact that under Ron Wilson, defensemen were liberally encouraged to jump in on the rush, leading to odd man chances the other way (and also why the Leafs were pretty high up in d-men points last year).

Also the fact in the talent difference in actual defensive play.

I don't care to get into pissing matches with Canuck fans who won't be reasoned with when they talk about Schneider/Luongo - fine, they're good goalies.

But it doesn't make sense for Toronto to give up any sort of significant asset to make up that piddly difference from James Reimer when there are other holes to fill, and other things to worry about.

Originally Posted by JohnHodgson View Post
However, the same point I have been reiterating for the past 3 pages, if Nonis was presented with this deal, he should have taken it without thinking twice.

Leafs are one of the few teams that can absorb the massive contract, ready to compete, and seeking for consistent goaltending for several seasons. If James Reimer was so amazing, why did Nonis want to acquire Kippursoff at the deadline? It is obvious Nonis and co. does not have a huge amount of trust for James Reimer (evident by the desperation of a goalie who did not want to leave Calgary and is having a horrid year).
Yes the Leafs can financially take the contract. But there's no reason to have a $5.3 million contract on your books well into the next decade. Cap space isn't something to be spent because you have the room. It's something you plan around.

Kipprusoff would've been a mentor to Reimer, not a starter. It's more of a veteran presence to help him develop. It was hardly a desperation move. And it was also an injury hedge.

Otherwise, Nonis is right to go into the playoffs with Reimer and see what he's got. It's not like the Leafs have cup aspirations - think of it as a building block to get a rather young team much-needed playoff experience.

Edit: by the way, second round draft picks are hardly anything to scoff at, in terms of price. The Leafs aren't buyers at this point - they're not contenders looking to make a deep playoff run. This is a year where they make the playoffs and use it as a building block. Whatever run they make is a bonus. You don't throw away planning for the future because you're a 5-6 seed in a short year.

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