The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be playing right now, but that doesn’t mean fans still can’t panic about the team’s goaltending situation. Ben Scrivens was excellent last year for the Toronto Marlies and was one of the major reasons the team made it to the Calder Cup Finals. Scrivens also led the league in 2011-12 in goals against average.
To start this season, however, Scrivens has just been average. Last week he made news for the wrong reasons by conceding two goals in three seconds, and last night he gave up a couple of questionable goals as well. With just three wins in his first six starts, even head coach Dallas Eakins is starting to show some concern. At the morning skate Thursday, Eakins said Scrivens was “officially in a fight for the net.” The word officially might be most concerning there.
Backup Jussi Rynnas has made two starts so far and has looked sharp. He has a victory and a shutout loss, and will get the start tonight in Texas. If Scrivens continues to slide, look for Rynnas to at least get a few more opportunities to push him. There is nothing wrong a little healthy competition.
The concern here also stretches to the Maple Leafs. If there was no lockout then Scrivens would certainly be playing with the big club right now, behind James Reimer. All this does is give Brian Burke more ammunition to go after Roberto Luongo. I have said before I don’t think Luongo is the answer to all the Leafs issues, but he certainly would be an upgrade between the pipes. As long as Burke doesn’t trade the entire farm system for him.