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Gustavsson’s warm-up injury: Toronto’s latest goalie headache

Mar 29, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

Jonas Gustavsson AP

The old joke is to say that the most dangerous place in the world is between “(insert celebrity/politician) and a camera.” That statement might need to be revised to “in between the pipes for the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

Jonas Gustavsson continued the comedy of errors by getting injured during warm-ups, giving way for Jussi Rynnas. That latest shuffle prompted this interesting fact from The Score: the Maple Leafs have had 15 different starting goalies since the lockout ended.

Using Hockey Reference’s season stats, I decided to track down those 15 goalies, in no exact order:

Ed Belfour
Mikael Tellqvist
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
Andrew Raycroft
Vesa Toskala
Scott Clemmensen
Martin Gerber
Curtis Joseph
Justin Pogge
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Joey MacDonald
James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Boy, that’s quite the motley mixture of not-ready, washed-up or just-plain-awful goalies, isn’t it?

There are any number of potential reasons that explain Toronto’s inept run since the work stoppage, but that list of netminders might be the simplest demonstration of why playoff bids have been nonexistent while misery, snark and frustrations can be found in a nearly endless supply.

  1. velocirapist - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Putting this all on their shoddy goaltending isn’t quite fair. They also haven’t had a legitimate #1 center or #1 defenseman in a long time either, and they finally just got a credible coach. It all comes down to ownership in the NHL and whether or not the ownership is committed to winning, spending money WISELY, and holding its staff accountable.

    Examples: Canucks after the sale to the Aquilinis, Hawks after Bill Wirtz died, Illitch’s crazy record of success in Detroit, and if I may be permitted to reach a bit Super Mario taking over the Penguins.

    Obviously other factors are important, but if you look at the teams in the basement (NYI, TOR, CBJ), they have owners who really are doing nothing to make their teams better. One could argue that Katz in EDM is also more concerned with a new arena than a cup.

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Actual injury, or didn’t feel like playing?

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    What’s not notes is how they srafted Tukku Raask after a stellar world juniors & then traded him to boston for Andrew Raycroft. That right there summed up John Ferguson Jr.

  4. iamanidiotfan - Mar 30, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Heard an interesting comment on radio which seems pretty relevant; they were talking about the Flames, and how they have built their entire team around one star goalie and one star forward.

    They said with the talent Kipper has shown since the lockout, if he played for the Leafs, they’d be in the playoffs every year. It wasn’t my take, but I thought it was relevant considering how bad some of the goalies on that list have been.

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