Going into the offseason, everyone knew that the Toronto Maple Leafs biggest need was a more experienced goaltender. Whatever Brian Burke needed to do acquire one, the fans probably would have agreed with whatever the Leafs gave up.
Any name that has been thrown around as being available, be it free agents or by trade, has been connected to the Leafs at some point or another. Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas, Jonathan Bernier, Josh Harding, Jaroslav Halak, Miikka Kiprusoff and the list goes on. However, the Leafs have been unable to acquire any one of them.
That means when the season begins, whenever that might be, that the Leafs will be going with the tandem of starter James Reimer and backup Ben Scrivens. While they do have potential, we know from last year that going with a young, inexperienced tandem isn’t exactly a recipe for success.
While the Maple Leafs have improved their offense with the acquisition of James van Riemsdyk and the defense should improve with another year of development, the goaltending could potentially bring it all down.
Here are four reasons why the Maple Leafs goaltending tandem could make for a long season.