Dwayne Roloson is proving that you can be an elite NHL goalie well into your 40s. (This has been proven many times before, too. Leaf legend Johnny Bower was not the least among those who have played brilliantly into their 40s…Hasek did it recently...)
This leads me to a fun pre-season question: Whether you are a Leaf fan, a Canuck fan, or cheering for any other squad, if you had to pick between James Reimer and Roberto Luongo, who would you pick?
I’m not talking for a fantasy league. I mean, in the real world, right now.
To be clear, I realize many factors come into play. If we are talking Leafs and Canucks, fans are thinking about where their teams are right now, and who is the best goalie for their team, right now.
The Canucks are a serious Cup contender. They came within one victory of walking away with a championship this past spring. The Leafs are still in the building-to-a-playoff-team mode.
Yes, Luongo is the polished, experienced veteran; Reimer the un-proven youngster with not even a full-season behind him in the NHL.
Reimer has never seen an NHL playoff game in person, probably, much less played in one. Luongo has been there.
But taking all these things into account, who do you want?
Do Leaf fans prefer the youngster, Reimer? Luongo may still be a star in two or three years when the Leafs will hopefully be a serious contender. So that’s a consideration.
Fun debate. If you’re a Canuck fan, do you still believe in Luongo? Or would you take Reimer instead, if you had the choice?