Now that the NHL is making a comeback there are plenty of questions being asked by both fans and reporters alike; The Air Canada Centre is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The blue and white have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of the NHL. The Leafs are also highly scrutinized by the same fans and reporters that support them.
Toronto’s fan base is all too familiar with disappointment season after season. Toronto’s last playoff run happened 10 years ago in the 2003/2004 season vs. the Buffalo Sabres. The buds were eliminated in six games, losing the series 4-2. It is now the 2013 season and although the faces of the players and coaches names have changed.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the team losing record. The Leafs nation and the city of Toronto haven’t seen a Stanley Cup since 1967. One element that has been a key factor are the questions surrounding goaltending. This upcoming season the Maple Leafs may have a wild card up their sleeve.
The team may have an opportunity to make an impact in the NHL this year. Rumors have been floating around Leafs camp about the possibility of Vancouver Canucks number one goaltender Roberto Luongo joining the club in a trade. Current Captain of the Leafs Dion Phanuef doesn’t like to talk about rumors. He and his teammates simply want to get down to business and play the game.
The organization has a vote confidence in the team’s current goaltending situation. Head Coach Randy Carlyle believes that it is not the time to put the focus on past failures. Toronto’s current goaltenders are James Reimer and his backup goaltender is Ben Scrivens “Either goaltender can do the job well,” Phanuef said. Reimer’s goaltending record for the 2011-2012 was 14-14-7 with a 3.10 goals against average.
Ben Scrivens is joining Toronto’s training camp. He and the Toronto Marlies currently sit first in the American Hockey League Western Conference. Whether Luongo will don a blue and white jersey this season remains to be seen.
At this point it’s just rumors. The NHL resumes hockey starting January 19.