When trying to figure out why the playoffs are so elusive to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the answer is immediate. It cannot be the brilliant one-two punch of Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel or the truck of a defenseman they have in Dion Phaneuf—it is their horrid goaltending situation.
Between the flimsy James Reimer, the inexperienced Ben Scrivens and the monstrosity Jonas "Monster" Gustavsson, the Leafs spent last season letting up soft goals.
Reimer started out strong—winning four of his first five games.
Unfortunately, in his sixth game, he was run into by Montreal Canadian Stephen Gionta. Reimer suffered a neck injury that sidelined him for over a month.
The Leafs' starter never returned back to form after that hit. Reimer was inconsistent and neither of the other two goalies were able to provide any relief.
With no competent goaltenders in Toronto, the Maple Leafs were forced to watch soft goals against Reimer negate any Lupul-Kessel magic.
The Leafs can choose to gamble the 2013 season away on Reimer or they can pick up a reliable goaltender and seize a playoff spot.
Here are three goalies the Leafs should consider adding to their team.