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07:38 AM ET 01.30 | Certainly, Jonathan Bernier's trajectory hasn't been perfect, though he'll probably take it. There have been those what-the-heck goals that just make you shake your head, three or four of them already this season. And then there was that off night in Dallas a week ago when he was yanked after giving up three goals on 13 shots. But then there have been the kind of saves that [Bernier] made on Tuesday night against Martin St. Louis that make you go "wow," the kind that can lift a team, the kind that can win contests. ... [On Tuesday, the] game was on the line, and with the save Bernier ensured the Leafs would win it. He also further cemented his spot as the unchallenged starter for the Leafs. Judging by the number of reporters surrounding his stall after practice, it now seems like a fait accompli. Even Bernier seems to know it.

Toronto Sun

Randy Carlyle, Icon Sports Randy Carlyle, Icon Sports
January 30, 2014  08:04 AM ET

Best place I could find for the following comment, since it involves goalies and the Leafs (sort of).

How about Ben Scrivens? Awesome performance by the kid. Good on ya, Ben !!

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January 30, 2014  08:46 AM ET
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Still would like Reimer to be kept around as a backup. He'd still definitely play more than the average no. 2.

Totally agree. Only thing that would change my mind is if the Leafs were 1 player away from being serious Cup contenders, and Reimer was the key to bringing in that last piece. But TOR is not that close yet, so I agree. The value of a good 2nd tender is very high indeed.

January 30, 2014  08:53 AM ET

A story about Bernier and Carlyle's pic???

January 30, 2014  08:55 AM ET
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A story about Bernier and Carlyle's pic???

be happy that they actually have him behind the right bench

January 30, 2014  09:00 AM ET
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Totally agree. Only thing that would change my mind is if the Leafs were 1 player away from being serious Cup contenders, and Reimer was the key to bringing in that last piece. But TOR is not that close yet, so I agree. The value of a good 2nd tender is very high indeed.

And as noted above, the value in having an NHL caliber goaltender is get sometimes get wins the team doesn't deserve, like EDM last night.

Conversely, having a sub par goaltender sometimes costs a team wins they really deserve. There were at least a few of those for EDM earlier in the season with the two they had then.

Scrivens can't be expected to do that every night but at least it gives the team a chance. Sure hope he re-signs in the off season.

January 30, 2014  09:02 AM ET
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the value in having an NHL caliber goaltender is get sometimes get wins

Yikes... I need more coffee!!

.... the value in having an NHL caliber goaltender is sometimes getting wins ...

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January 30, 2014  09:34 AM ET

If they have trouble in the future might I suggest a foley catheter

January 30, 2014  09:45 AM ET
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Scrivens can't be expected to do that every night but at least it gives the team a chance. Sure hope he re-signs in the off season

Hope springs eternal

January 30, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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and let's not start on Clarkson)

why not? he IS the reason every grinder in the NHL is gonna ask for dump trucks full of money.

P.S. Cally wants a 7yr. deal in the $6 mil or + per.

January 30, 2014  10:00 AM ET
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A story about Bernier and Carlyle's pic???

They do that. I'm waiting for a story about an injured player and it's a photo of the assistant trainer in the hallway leading to the dressing room.

January 30, 2014  10:12 AM ET
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(and let's not start on Clarkson)

But it's so fun.

January 30, 2014  10:57 AM ET
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But it's so fun.

He has a very important role with the Leafs. :)

January 30, 2014  11:41 AM ET

Scrivens was amazing. Looks like the Spaceman is gonna be riding the bench for quite a while. I cannot get it out of my head the hilarious stat the guy threw out early in the NewYorks game last night. Talk about digging for a chance to embelish- he said something about this being Henriks 7 season or something as a goalie with at least 20 wins. LMAO , he's a friggin goalie not a Pitcher for the Yankees man ! 20 wins in a regular season is best described as " BIG WHOOP"

January 30, 2014  03:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Best place I could find for the following comment, since it involves goalies and the Leafs (sort of).How about Ben Scrivens? Awesome performance by the kid. Good on ya, Ben !!

That was an incredible performance

January 30, 2014  03:45 PM ET
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why not? he IS the reason every grinder in the NHL is gonna ask for dump trucks full of money.P.S. Cally wants a 7yr. deal in the $6 mil or + per.

Why don't you just say what we're all thinking he wants Clarkson money

January 30, 2014  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Best place I could find for the following comment, since it involves goalies and the Leafs (sort of).How about Ben Scrivens? Awesome performance by the kid. Good on ya, Ben !!

That was awesome! What a game and I hope he does really well!

On the subject of the Leafs, we just insulted our starter and never game him three games in a row for how long? How many losing seasons does he have on his record(Reimer)?........none.

They kept saying that a starter needs to play to do well and get into a rhythm, but I guess when you take a team to the playoffs and go to a game seven......your just as average as anyone.

I love Bernier, but Reimer has been passed over for no reason IMO. I'm not complaining so much as pointing out a mistake in judgement. Reimer played very well for us and started and got us to the playoffs......then a trade takes his job away. I feel bad for Reimer, but am glad we have decent goaltending. That save was great the other night.

January 30, 2014  03:55 PM ET
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Well yeah obviously. I've liked Gleason thus far, and think that was a pretty good move, but until they get a bonafide No. 1 d-man to make Phaneuf look decent night-in night-out, this team will not get past the first round. At this point that is far more critical to the progress of the team than any forward is (although a big juicy centre would obviously still do wonders for them).Then again, with all the freakin cap space tied up (only $20 million left and 13 signings to make), I have no idea how exactly that can happen. I'm sure they're regretting re-signing Lupul (and let's not start on Clarkson), but getting anybody to take those contracts will be a tough ask, and getting value in return even tougher.

Lupul has had some bad luck, but has played well when playing on the edge. Clarkston your right.....he's done s.f.a.....

 
January 30, 2014  05:45 PM ET
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until they get a bonafide No. 1 d-man to make Phaneuf look decent night-in night-out,

Yes Celine is more the #2 shutdown type w/a bit of offensive upside

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