The next Maple Leafs season is fast approaching, with only 42 days until the season opener, and a mere 26 days until the preseason, we keep wondering who will be our number one goaltender and be in goal for us throughout most of the season. Here's why Reimer will be number 1, while Bernier is yet again going to take the backup position.
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Bernier, with his 1.88 GAA, and 9-3-1 record this previous season, seems like he has much more potential than Reimer. However, what really matters is save percentage. GAA depends greatly on the team's defense, save percentage although, counts on the number of shots the goalie managed to save. If you take a look at this past season, Bernier didn't face many shots while in net, all while poor Reimer was facing much more.
If you look at Reimer and Bernier's last regular season wins, it's clear what I'm talking about.
Reimer's last win came against the Panthers, he stopped 34 of 34 shots.
Bernier's last win came against the Wild, where he stopped 23 of 23 shots.
Ok both shutouts, Reimer faced 11 more shots than Bernier did though. Let's look at their second last regular season win.
Reimer's second last win came against the Senators, stopping 49 of 50 shots.
Bernier's second last win came against the Stars, stopping 13 of 15 shots.
It's obvious Ottawa is a much better team than Dallas. However, Bernier gave up more goals, despite facing much less shots than Reimer, against a worse team, and having better defense than Toronto does. (I'll also add that the one shot Reimer didn't save was because of a bad giveaway in their own zone).
Given Toronto's defense over LA's, Bernier will be struggling in that goal crease next year. Nonis did a big mistake signing him for almost $3 mil (per season). If Reimer was on a team with solid defense, he would be seen as an elite goaltender. With Phaneuf, Gunnarsson, Fraser, and Gardiner as our only solid defensive D-men, there's no doubt in my mind that Reimer will win that starting job.
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