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Reimer taking a moment
The Leafs have a No. 1 starting goalie.
Brian Burke and most everyone knows in hockey that you build a team from the net out. You must have a strong No. 1 goalie or you can't win games.
Games in the NHL come down to a few percentages. Parity means that the an goalie headed towards the AHL has a .895 save percentage and a goalie headed toward the Hall of Fame a .925 save percentage. It's a .03 difference. Over 2,000 shots in a season, though it is 60 goals or 10 to 15 more games won than lost.
His play is textbook drop and block, he is fast and cool headed. There are lots of "goalies" in the Leafs system ,but they need not only a goalie but a leader.
Optimus Reim as he is called is both cool on camera and on the ice. With the skills of Felix Potvin and the coolness of Patrick Roy, he is positioned to have a home in the blue paint for a long time.
To win and compete for the cup goalies are going to have to be stellar. The defense has to know it can pinch in and the offense take a risk without it ending up in the back of the twine every time. You have to rely on that guy if your going to have playoff and cup hopes.
Great goalies have lead their teams in the NHL, Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur to name a few. To win the Cup you need that guy.
James Reimer is that guy.