The Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-1 to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night, and with that, the fanbase and much of the media circled in and submitted their final votes on who the team’s backup goaltender will be this year. Garret Sparks gave up five goals on 36 shots, which to the eyes and ears, contrast heavily with Curtis McElhinney’s strong relief performances in two half-games this preseason. To many, it’s proof that the 25-year-old netminder will never make the NHL, and that he’s simply not ready for prime time.

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