The Maple Leafs have done a complete 180 degree turn from their usually post lockout performances and that is not a good thing Leafs Nation. The club has gone 4-6-2 since the all star game and an even worse 1-6-1 in their past 8 and as February 24/12 comes around the club looks like they will be sitting in a familiar spot post lockout..... out of a playoff spot.
The club is not scoring when they need to score, their PK has gotten better but the PP has been sliding and the most disturbing trend is the club after 61 games, still does not have a clear number one goalie. Ron Wilson has stated since James Reimer's concussion that he would go with the hot goalie, but Ron what do you do when you can't find one?
This club has only maintained a playoff spot in the last few weeks, because the teams behind them have been playing just as bad as the Buds but when was the last time a club got into the playoffs with a pair of goalies that their own teammates don't seem to trust? The reaction by Lupul after a weak goal allowed in OT against the Devils by Jonas Gustavsson says it all. That look alone caught on camera should have had Brian Burke calling every general manager in sports.
Ed Belfour in the 2003/04 season was the last real goaltender that could steal us games, the fact we are in 2012, speaks volumes to the clubs failure to address this problem. No goaltending equals no playoff berth......again. Reimer after suffering a concussion has not been the same goalie, he deserves another chance but that can wait until next season, as the Leafs need to make the playoffs now. Gustavsson who is a pending UFA has done nothing to warrant any form of contract offer from the Leafs.... I say adios to Vesa Gustavsson. CONTINUE