Even if James Reimer has an outstanding year and wins the Vezina Trophy, someone will still have to cover for him every fifth game or so.
Can Jonas Gustavsson be that man, or will he end up discarded like some old smelly cheese?
When he came to the Leafs just two short years ago, he was heralded as the "best goalie not playing in the NHL." Battling health issues and playing in the pressure cooker that is Toronto hockey, Gustavsson has yet to live up to his billing.
Now in his third year with the Leafs, he is on the spot to produce more than ever—it’s put-up or shut-up time for Gustavsson.
I don’t relish being the bearer of bad news, but I suspect Gustavsson will be dealt before season’s end, as I don’t think he is the type of player who can flourish under all the scrutiny put on him by authors like me, the rest of the Toronto media and the fans.
He will have a much better chance at success if he can play for a team that will allow him to fly under the radar.