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Monsters and Robots: The Goaltending Situation in Toronto

Through his first five games and four starts of this season, Jonas Gustavsson has ac*umulated three wins and sports unimpressive numbers at 3.85GAA and a .886 save%. His first 2 outings were shaky and The Monster seemed nervously out of place. With Reimer’s ever extending absence from the Leafs net, it’s anyone’s guess how long Toronto will have to lean on its backup tender. Despite his slow star, however, Gus seems to have settled down in net and has been making spectacular saves at key times to keep the Leafs in games. Over his last two starts, Jonas is 2-0-0, with a 2.50GAA and an impressive .925 save%.

Could the Maple Leafs have an unexpected challenge to their number one spot between the irons?

Which conference is dominant?

I’ve noticed that since the start of the season if a team is struggling, commentators in the media and on the forums remark that X team needs to be better in a dominant Y conference. If it’s Boston struggling, the line goes: “The Bruins can’t afford to leave point on the ice in the powerhouse Eastern Conference”. If the team in doubt is Vancouver we’re told: “The Canucks will need to play hard to climb the ranks, especially with how strong the West is this year”.

So the question is this: Which conference is more dominant this year?

Turris interests Sens

But don’t count on the Coyotes restricted free-agent centre wearing an Ottawa uniform anytime soon unless Phoenix GM Don Maloney makes a seismic shift in his stance on trading the 22-year-old Turris before the Dec. 1 deadline to sign him.

While reports Thursday confirmed Turris has indeed asked the Coyotes for a trade, it’s believed the Senators are one of six or seven teams — including Calgary and Vancouver — who have expressed an interest in Turris, but have been told he’s not going anywhere.

The Senators are trying to fill the void at centre behind No. 1 pivot Jason Spezza with Peter Regin out 6-8 weeks.

The Montreal Canadiens: Where are they sitting?


It’s been a bit of a jagged start to the year for Les Habitants. Getting two wins in a row certainly helps them in the standings and may keep the Francophone Faithfuls at sub-riot state, for the time being. What’s the reason for the panic among fans and media figures? Many will point to the less-than-inspired play of the young Carrey Price and even extend it to the ever-chirping P.K. Subban. The coaching staff has already lost one long term member (a shocking move considering the long term relationship between Pearn and Martin), and remain closely watched. The core of the offense has been characteristically unproductive and the team seems to lack cohesion. Let’s examine the state of affairs in Montreal.

Problems in the Flyers nets?

Bryzgalov: “I Have Zero Confidence In Myself”

Through the first 10 games of the season, it doesn’t look like $51 million well spent. Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed nine goals in a 24-hour span and an unfathomable 18 goals in his last four appearances. He has lost five straight and his biggest critic looks to be himself.