(pictured: Ben Scrivens – still a Leaf)
Were there really 45 kilometre per hour gusts of winds in Toronto on April 3? Or was that simply the collective sigh of relief among Leafs fans that general manager Dave Nonis refused to bite on potential deals for either of the two highest profile goalies at the trade deadline – Roberto Luongo or Mikka Kiprusoff?
The Leafs head into the final quarter of the NHL season with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens as their tandem between the pipes. And with optimism abound regarding Toronto’s chances of finally appearing in the playoff for the first time since 2004, there seemed little reason to tinker with the team’s chemistry.
Neither Reimer nor Scrivens will be nominated for this year’s Vezina Trophy. But they have played consistently well enough to give the team a chance to win on most nights (yes, even against Boston). Such confidence in the Leafs was not evident a year ago at this time.