Will James Reimer ever get to play hockey?

There's a peculiar phenomenon among goaltenders: they get called up to the NHL, dress, warm up...And never get to play.  Here are the league leaders in sitting on the bench since the start of the 2007-08 season:

 

Goalie Games Dressed Team Highest League
JAMES REIMER 10 (finally got to play)
TOR AHL
MARK DEKANICH 10 (finally got to play)
NSH AHL
BRYAN PITTON 5 EDM AHL
DAN TURPLE 3 ATL AHL
DANIEL LARSSON 3 DET AHL, SEL
DAREN MACHESNEY 3 WSH AHL
TYLER PLANTE 3 FLA AHL
MICHAEL MOLE 2 NYI AHL
AARON SOROCHAN 1 EDM AHL
CARTER HUTTON 1 PHI AHL
DAVID SHANTZ 1 FLA AHL
JEAN-PHILIPPE LEVASSEUR 1 ANA AHL
JEFF FRAZEE 1 NJD AHL
JOE FALLON 1 CHI AHL
JONATHAN BOUTIN 1 TBL AHL
MATT DALTON 1 BOS AHL
TIMO PIELMEIER 1 ANA AHL
TORRIE JUNG 1 EDM CHL

 

What got me thinking about this was the much more peculiar phenomenon of amateur goaltenders being signed to contracts to fill in for missing backups:

 

Goalie Games Dressed Team Highest League
BRETT LEONHARDT 1 WSH NCAA DIII
NATHAN DEOBALD 1 EDM Alberta College/CWUAA
THOMAS FENTON 1 PHX AHA

 

Leonhardt was the backup for just nine minutes during his one-game contract.  Washington was allowed to dress 21 players - 3 goalies - and the true backup (Varlamov) showed up during the game.  Deobald and Fenton, however, were on their own.  The notion of amateur goaltenders dressing in NHL games is truly ridiculous, but I don't know what an alternative solution is.  If one of these quirks happens every year, it won't be long before we see an amateur goaltender playing in an NHL game when the starter goes down with an injury.  The results could be very ugly...

Edit: my dad reminds me of the best emergency backup ever, Lefty Wilson, who served as athletic trainer and emergency goaltender for Detroit, Toronto and Boston in the 1950s.  He allowed one goal in 81 minutes and one imagines he might have a job in a 30-team NHL.

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