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Report: Reimer in, Bernier out for Leafs’ season opener

Sep 30, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs seem primed to start holdover James Reimer instead of new addition Jonathan Bernier in their season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and RDS’ Francois Gagnon report.

It’s worth noting that the Leafs could change course anytime between now and puck drop, but assuming that this sticks, it’s an interesting turn.

Will it quiet those who believe that Reimer, 25, received a raw deal from Leafs management? Maybe not, but it shows that Toronto’s brass might give Reimer more of a chance to grab the No. 1 job from Bernier, also 25.

Of course, it might not be that big of a deal at all; it’s a long season, so this situation could seesaw back and forth depending on each netminder’s hot and cold streaks.

If you want to read more about one of the 2013-14 season’s most fascinating platoon situations, check out this post from August.

  1. mclovinhockey - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Can’t wait!!! Go flyers!!! Good luck leafs!

  2. withseidelinn - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    He earned it. Reimer was the better goalie in pre season by a big margin. Obviously you have to take into consideration the difference in rosters, but Bernier hasn’t looked 100% comfortable yet. I don’t doubt he will get there, but for right now I think Reimer is the right choice.

  3. gettingpwned - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    why the hell did the leafs trade for Bernier when they already had Reimer in the first place???

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      Reimer’s health. He’s been relatively injury prone, Scrivens was good, but struggled the longer he was #1. Bernier is insurance for that and with potential to surpass Reimer.

  4. bigx21 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Reimer did better in pre season because Bernier had issues with the new rule for the pads size and adjusting to new team and a new role as #1 goalie.

  5. kingsfan93 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Even though I am a true hardcore Kings fan, but J. Reimer did have the better outcome in the pre-season.

    But Bernier didn’t have any issues with the new rule for the pad size or because adjusting to getting that #1 spot in net for Maple Leafs. If anything, Bernier is still adusting because of, YES, a new team that he is playing for.

    That to say though knowing Bernier when on the Kings (and I’ve seen J. Reimer plenty of times already) when he gets comfortable and adjusted an all, Bernier WILL BE that taking over in net because he more well rounded out as a goalie with his fundamentals, also even though he hasn’t played more than 25 games in a reg. season in NHL, but Bernier is use to being that #1 guy in net throughout his career before NHL, and he knows about winning big games – just checkout his resume.

    Also speaking about adjusting to the new rule of pad sizes, the commentators the other night on TV mentioned about James Reimer needing the adjustment time due to new pads he has to wear now.

    http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/b/bernijo01.html

    http://forecaster.thehockeynews.com/hockeynews/hockey/player.php?5874

  6. blomfeld - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    “Don’t you know that you can count me out … in”

    Reimer Schmeimer !

    Friends, I for one will go on the record here by stating that Bernier will be the Leaf’s # 1 by Christmas, no ifs, ands or buts ! :)

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Reimer’s a great goalie, but if Bernier is a greater goalie then so be it. Doesn’t hurt to make them work for the job. Healthy competition isn’t a bad thing and once there is a clear favorite, trade the other one. Could hand pick a player from a team who needs a good goalie.

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