Here's the good news for the Toronto Maple Leafs: After James Reimer was helped off the ice during the club's 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers Monday night, it was quickly determined that the "lower body injury" the goalkeeper suffered wouldn't sideline him for an extended period.
Here's the bad: If Reimer's recovery is prolonged even by a few days, it could have significant repercussions for his team in this lockout-shortened season.
Backup Ben Scrivens was terrific in relief of Remier against the Flyers, but is still unproven as an every day NHL backstop. And as Michael Traikos of Canada's National Post points out, "when Reimer missed 18 games with head and neck injury last year, Toronto barely survived. Considering that the Leafs reached the quarter mark of the season after playing just three weeks, anything longer could make GM Dave Nonis reach for the phone" and resume the search for No. 1 netminder -- one that had been all but abandoned after Reimer's hot start to the campaign.