Select Page

InGoal Daily Update: Reimer down, Howard out

InGoal Daily Update: Reimer down, Howard out

… Plus Dwayne Roloson’s new helmet gets yanked before he does, all in the Jan. 15 update.

Marlies / Leafs Goalie Reimer in net

Toronto's James Reimer was sent back to the AHL Friday. (Photo by David Steadman via Flickr)

James Reimer’s win streak ended at three games Thursday night in Phoenix. His first significant stint in the NHL ended less than 24 hours later, as the Toronto Maple Leafs sent their best (statistically speaking) goaltender this season back to their cross-town affiliate in the AHL, the Marlies.

Reimer helped resurrect the Leafs still slim playoff hopes with a 4-2 run that included a 2.26 goals against average, a .933 save percentage and a three-game road win streak that matched a team record for first-year stoppers. But with veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere ready to return from a nagging groin injury, and Jonas Gustavsson locked in to the NHL contractually (and potential), something had to give.

Reimer, who doesn’t require waivers to go down, was always the obvious choice.

General Manager Brian Burke, who correctly warned it was too soon and that six games too small a sample size even before Reimer finally lost in Phoenix, told the Toronto Star the increasingly popular 22-year-old would be back, even if he made no promises it would be soon:

“Toronto fans have not seen the last of this young man,” Burke told The Star “I was impressed with his play, his work ethic and his demeanor.“

Reimer will join the Marlies in Abbotsford Saturday, where they play the Heat this weekend, and InGoal Magazine will have his return covered at an afternoon practice, so check back later for an update.

Howard hurt, Red Wings running short on stoppers

Already missing veteran Chris Osgood for the next six to eight weeks after sports hernia surgery, the injury riddled Detroit Red Wings lost No.1 Jimmy Howard to a bruised knee in the first period of Friday night’s shootout loss to Columbus.

Howard was in the VH, or one-pad down, position on his left post when a sharp angle shot caught him on the inside of an exposed right knee, forcing him out of the game with what the Red Wings called a bruised knee.

There was no timeline on a return for Howard, who wasn’t available to talk after the game, but Detroit called up Thomas McCollum, who was recently exiled to Toledo in the ECHL, from Grand Rapids of the AHL in order to back up Joey McDonald in a rematch with the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. McDonald was recalled after Osgood’s injury just a week earlier, leaving the AHL Griffins with Jordan Pearce and Dov Grumet-Morris, who was quickly signed to professional tryout after spending most of the year in the ECHL with Greenville.

Roloson’s new mask doesn’t last long in Lightning debut

Goalie Dwayne Roloson Tampa Bay Lightning New Mask
InGoal Magazine was the first to bring you photos of Dwayne Roloson’s new Tampa Bay mask on Thursday, and Lightning fans got a glimpse of the stylish “Thor, God of Thunder” design on Friday night. But they had to pay close attention early on, because neither Roloson nor the mask lasted long in a 5-2 loss to New Jersey.

In fact, the mask was gone before Roloson was pulled after giving up four goals on nine shots just 15:54 into the first period. As reader Mike Pelrine noted in a tweet sent to InGoal, Roloson switched back to his plain white lid with Lightning stickers during a television timeout sometime after Patrick Elias made it 3-1 11:44 into the first. Replays of a fight show Roloson still wearing the new mask two minutes later, but he’s got the white one on when Travis Zajac scored shorthanded to end his night with 4:06 left in the period.

It’s probably a simple case of needing to make a few adjustments on something new. Roloson can take a bit longer to get comfortable in new gear than some of his peers, in fact he had then backup Ty Conklin break in a new pair of pads for him during the 2006 Stanley Cup run in Edmonton, which explained why Conklin was wearing the same pads when he had to come in during Game 1 of the Finals after Roloson was hurt.

That the change didn’t help can only be a good sign for fans of the new mask, and judging by the feedback we’ve received since debuting it, there are a lot of you.

About The Author

Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.