Shark Club Game Day: Game #71, Lightning at Maple Leafs

Shark Club Game Day: Game #71, Lightning at Maple Leafs

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With a win tonight, the Leafs could leapfrog Tampa into third in the Atlantic (for the time being… Tampa has two games in hand).

How is James Reimer going to respond? Will the Leafs calm the rumbling masses (TSN Radio actually mentioned the “18 wheeler” today after two losses in a row)?

Each game becomes bigger than the one previous at this time of season.


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Welder24
Welder24

Reimer sucks.  Carlyle isn't stupid.  He's just not wearing blinders like all the Reimer apologists out there.

Funny but I suspect it's the exact same people who made excuses for Mats Sardine with the tired refrain "he never had decent linemates in Toronto", only this time they make similarly pathetic excuses for Reimer by saying "the team hung him out to dry".  Leafs fans have a very difficult time assessing talent.  Sardine sucked and so does Reimer.  If there's any question that Bernier is a far superior goalie to Reimer, you really are a hockey idiot.

Hammertownleaffan
Hammertownleaffan

Is missing the playoffs this year a COMPLETE failure? It obviously would be a disappointment after the situation we had set ourselves up in not 3 games ago, but would it be something that mitigates a "heads must roll" mentality for anyone in the offseason?

Hammertownleaffan
Hammertownleaffan

The task at hand has become winning 6 of our next 11 games. Two of those games are against Boston and St. Louis. This weekend is a back-to-back that I believe we must squeak 3 points out of (preferably beat the Habs in regulation). Next week we have another back-to-back Friday/Saturday after we had 2 just this week. The scheduling is a joke, and our boys are tapering off a bit at the wrong time. Time to bear the **** down boys....

Roenick72
Roenick72

If Bernier comes back and we miss the playoffs, I will gladly take my lumps. I just feel that our chances to win increase with him in net.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Reimer is done with this team. Carlyle has made this a messy situation. Not with his comment yesterday, but throughout the season. What a nightmare. He cannot be fired soon enough. 

Bruffins
Bruffins

It is going to be a very dark time when I have to defend Bernier next year during his first rough patch like I have with Kessel, Phaneuf, Reimer, gardiner, and Lupul. I think this time I should remember names before everybody turns on him

Luke_R
Luke_R

@Welder24  dont think any really think reimer is better, and oher than that i dont know what the point of this nonsense point was. Yup, Sundin sucked, only put up the most points in leafs history with blake and poni on his wing.

Roenick72
Roenick72

I know Bruffins has already put it in his day timer to tell me "I told you so"

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Roenick72  

they definitely do, doesn't make Reimer the shitty goalie everybody says he is

Welder24
Welder24

@Cameron19  So it's Carlyle's fault that Reimer is crap?  Maybe Reimer should grow up and accept that he's just not that good, at least not good enough to be #1.   He has no reason to be upset with Carlyle.  Carlyle is just telling it like it is.

Roenick72
Roenick72

@Bruffins Bernier may have rough patches, but he is a sound goalie. May lose those capabilities over time but I think he is the bet fundamental goalie we have had in a long time.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Bruffins @Roenick72  Reimer will carry a team that is willing to put some faith in him to the playoffs next year, most likely. 

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Hammertownleaffan @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  

Yep...finished Banshee last weekend.  Will be finishing Justified soon (and Walking Dead).  Just started up with The Americans....and Vikings.  Can't wait for Game Of Thrones.

And...on my list of shows to check out (when I get the time): True Detective...and The Black List.

Edit - I get my best TV from MLHS.

rockydundas
rockydundas

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @rockydundas@Roenick72@Bruffins 

They did. I just read the Wikepedia article on the Blues. Can you imagine? I guess eveyone gut bumped up one in the order. I remember that people were talking about the league contracting so there was no team to pick players for. The team was saved at the 11th hour by Harry Ornest who bought them and kept them there.

Roenick72
Roenick72

@Bruffins @Roenick72 I love this team more than anyone I know. When I was a kid (80's) we would play road hockey in Saskatchewan and everyone would pick who they are. One kid would pick Gretzky, the next Coffey, Fuhr, Messier. It would come to my turn and I would pick Palmeteer, Viave, or Salming. Kids would laugh and say WHO? 

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Cameron19 @Bruffins @Roenick72  

True enough.  That said, Reims needs to be the #1 guy.  He will only duplicate this season if he goes to anther team that wants to platoon their goalies.  That won't work for Reimer.  He needs consistent play to find his groove (which I have faith that he can do just fine.....but it won't be here).

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Cameron19 @Bruffins @Roenick72  

I want Reimer to have success but I just pray that Bernier does better or all the people that he cannot do wrong by will be his harshest critics (Lupul, Gardiner)

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Hammertownleaffan @Bon Scott was a Leaf fan  

Season 2 of Justified was the best (gotta love Maggs).  This current season is the final season...2 more episodes left, I believe.

Edit - Cameron mentioned True Detective awhile back and others chimed in saying it was slow to get into...but then takes off.  I like Woody Harrelson and I think he's in it (along with some other names).  It's on my list of shows to DL and check out (along with Black List which I read about here yesterday....and I like James Spader).

Hammertownleaffan
Hammertownleaffan

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Hammertownleaffan  Justified isn't having its best season (still a phenomenal show though)...Americans is always great...I haven't caught Vikings yet I'll put that on my list...I'm halfway through the last Game of Thrones book so I'm ready for the new season. True Detective is a must...I thought it was captivating.