The injury bug hit the Montreal Canadiens hard as starting goaltender Carey Price was deemed unfit to play for the rest of the Eastern Conference Final. Rookie Dustin Tokarski took his place and looked a little shaky on Monday night as his team lost 3-1, falling behind 2-0 in the series.
Hopefully, for Habs fans, Tokarski can rebound, but losing one of the best goalies in the league in Price sure feels like a death knell, especially when Henrik Lundqvist is the guy in the other end of the rink. Andrew Millichamp of Tip Of The Tower points to the Habs’ situation as further proof keeping two starting caliber goaltenders around isn’t a bad thing, and that’s exactly what the Toronto Maple Leafs should do with the duo of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer.
If Reimer and the Leafs decide to split ways, as many people believe, who should replace him? James Onusko of Bleacher Report lists some goalies who could provide relief for Bernier and also come in at a cheap price tag.
Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards has seen a sharp decline in his numbers over the years, even though he’s still relatively young at 29 years old. What happened to the two-time 30-goal scorer? J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets takes a closer look to see if Richards is worth pursuing if the Kings buy him out.
Jeff Veillette has an in-depth look at the Toronto Maple Leafs participating in the World Championship and how they’re contributing. Basically, James Reimer is being outplayed by Ben Scrivens, Nazem Kadri is playing pretty well but can’t score, Morgan Rielly has made good use of very limited minutes, Jake Gardiner is playing a featured role on the Team USA blue line and Nikolai Kulemin has scored three goals. All five of them are playing in the quarterfinals, beginning tomorrow.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is yelling at clouds again. Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey has a response to Simmons’ latest anti-analytics rant.