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Video: Reimer collides with teammate, leaves 32 seconds into Leafs-‘Canes game

Oct 17, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

Toronto’s goalie saga took another dramatic turn on Thursday as James Reimer left his start against Carolina just 32 seconds in following a collision with Josh Levio.

Reimer, 25, was able to skate off under his own power, but left the contest and has yet to return. Given his history with concussions — he missed 18 games with one during the 2011-12 campaign — it’s likely the Leafs were taking a cautious approach.

Here’s what occurred, as per the Canadian Press:

Reimer was trying to get to the puck at the side of the net and didn’t see Leivo, who could not avoid hitting him.

Reimer, who has had concussion problems in the past, was tended to by the team trainer as he remained on his knees for some time before skating slowly to the bench. He went straight to the dressing room.

Reimer finished with one save on one shot, and was replaced by Jonathan Bernier. It marks Bernier’s first action since allowing five goals in a 6-5 win over Edmonton on Saturday.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Hopefully they were just being extra cautious with him.

    Bernier is good but on Saturday he showed he’s not the messiah some Leafs fans would have you believe he is. Having Reimer there to compete and pick him up is going to be key for this team.

    • storminator16 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      No problem, he is looking fine tonight. However, it is against the Canes very unimaginative offense. Watching this the Canes every night is beginning to give me a headache.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        Definitely not a problem. Only problem is if Reimer is gone for a whole. Don’t get me wrong, Bernier has impeccable skills, but he’s still young and unproven. Having another guy, who happens to also be a damn good goalie, pushing him to play his best and take heat off of him when he slumps is pretty important.

  2. blomfeld - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    AND SO HE SHOULD BE CRYING !

    This funny photo is ‘exactly’ why I love coming here to PHT … It’s always ‘good times’ man, thanks to Halford and friends ! :) Anyway, if you want to get down to brass tacks, then the bottom line is that comrade Bernier’s already won the starting gig there in TO, no two ways about it ! In addition to PHT, I also closely follow ‘Der Spiegel Sport’ who called this ‘months’ ago in one of their daily columns …

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