Sometimes, the best runs in sports happen because a chosen player gets injured.
The NFL may hold the most obvious examples: Drew Bledsoe making way for Tom Brady and Trent Green getting injured so Kurt Warner could conjure some magic.
That said, the juicier question is: should that be the case?
Don Cherry went out of his way to make an interesting point: management may want Bernier to be “the guy” instead of Reimer.
This often happens with goalies, particularly in the case of a No. 1 who makes more money than his upstart backup. After all, a GM doesn’t want to look dumb in paying more for the lesser option, right?
There’s an interesting wrinkle with Reimer: he’s been the stat-leaning choice for some time, or at least a stat-head darling (as some are still kind to Bernier while also elevating Reimer).
Let’s be clear, though: Reimer’s recent play sure seems like it might force the issue.
Reimer stopped 43 out of 45 shots to help Toronto beat Vancouver 4-2, giving him three straight wins. The Maple Leafs have generated at least a point in five straight games and a 4-1-2 mark in his last seven starts.
That’s not a huge sample, although Reimer’s shown flashes of brilliance before. Can the Maple Leafs really afford to look the other way?
(Of course, assuming that they want to win …)