TORONTO - Go ahead and try to handicap this race.
On the inside, wearing No. 34, James Reimer has no intention of giving up the lead.
On the outside, wearing No. 45, Jonathan Bernier is making his push to be the top horse in coach Randy Carlyle’s barn.
Now that the drive towards the start of the regular season is entering the home stretch, the two contenders are noses apart in a competition that might just be too close to call.
Dead heat, anybody?
“At some point, one of the two of them is going to take the ball and carry it across the line for us,” Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis said Wednesday night at a question and answer session with the team’s season ticket-holders.
“I can’t tell you which one it is. What I can tell you is that, when you are a young player that has his job solidified, you are not nearly as good as one who has a guy trying to take it.”