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Maple Leafs coach Carlyle wants one goalie to 'grab the net'

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 19, 2013 in Sports
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has been patient with his two young goalies. But comes a time one of them has to step up and show he's the man, show he's capable of being the number one go-to-guy, and after practice Tuesday, Carlyle said as much.
"We’d like for someone to show us they’re going to grab the net,” Carlyle said. “We’re no different than anyone else. We at one point thought of alternating them - ‘this is your start tomorrow and it’s the other guy’s the next day’. Go with the opposite until they prove that out.
"Those are all the things you run through the back of your mind. If you make that decision, go with it, and if not, wait for the guy to emerge. Before Reimer was hurt, we thought we were pretty close to that.”
James Reimer and Ben Scrivens: Neither number one
Both James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have shown at times that they are ready for the step up to a number one NHL goalie, but each, too, has been plagued by inconsistency, by either failing to make the big save when the game was on the line, or by allowing soft goals and putting their team behind the 8-ball early.
Reimer was out for a prolonged period of time and didn't play with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL during the lockout, as Scrivens did, so he may have an excuse. But regardless, Carlyle wants better, more consistent, results and whichever goalie gets there first is going to get a chance to play the bulk of their remaining 19 games as they push for their first playoff berth since 2003-04.
It will likely be Reimer who gets the chance first to get on a roll and claim the net. He'll surely start against the powerfully offensive Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. He's allowed questionable goals of late but after Scrivens allowed 4 in the second against Winnipeg Saturday, Reimer shut the Jets out in the third and made 8 of 9 saves in the shoot-out, only to lose, 5-4.
Toronto sports columnist Damien Cox recently brought back the notion of a Roberto Luongo trade being in the cards for the Leafs but there's been no rumors of any talks between Leafs GM Dave Nonis and Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis.
If neither Reimer nor Scrivens is able to grab the number one spot and run with it by the trade deadline of April 3, Nonis may deal for another goalie; however, Nonis has already suggested that Gillis' asking price is too steep and that he won't be dealing for Luongo.
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