TORONTO - Remember when the depth in the Maple Leafs net looked too be one of the big signs of promise for the future?
For the short term at least, James Reimer looks like he’s the last man standing.
The impressive rookie likely will get the bulk of the action in the Toronto net over the next handful of games, in part because he deserves it with his strong play and in part because the team is running out of options.
Leafs general manager Brian Burke said Thursday that he was “shopping” for potential fill-in goaltenders at least as a temporary reprieve for the injuries that have hit the organization at the position.
The latest setback was J-S Giguere’s “lower-body injury” sustained Wednesday in Buffalo. Giguere, who left the game after 20 minutes, was to be evaluated over the next two days, but likely won’t be rushed back into action.
“Right now it’s minor,” Giguere said Wednesday. “But if it’s related to what I’ve had before this year, it might be something a little more major.
“It’s frustrating. I thought I was getting beyond the injury.”
At the least, it takes Giguere out of any possible trade mix, but that may already have been the case given the other goaltending woes. Jonas Gustavsson is likely out for at least another week after having a heart ablation surgery last week while another top Marlies prospect, Jussi Rynnas could be gone for a month with a broken finger.
If Giguere is unable to back up Reimer for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, it’s possible the team will recall Ben Scrivens from the Marlies, who has split the season between the AHL and ECHL.
If that happens, Burke must find some warm bodies for the Marlies.