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Bernier (MCL strain) out three weeks; Leafs turn to Reimer

Apr 4, 2014, 12:56 PM EST

Jonathan Bernier AP

Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier is out three weeks with an MCL strain, leaving the netminding duties to James Reimer for the final four games of the Maple Leafs’ regular season.

Bernier was hurt last night versus Boston. Reimer came in to replace him, stopping 10 of 11 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory.

Even though the Leafs’ playoff hopes remain slim after beating the Bruins, Reimer has much to prove. His .896 save percentage in March, much of it compiled while Bernier was out recovering from a groin injury, made him one of the defining faces of Toronto’s epic eight-game losing streak.

There has been speculation that Reimer — a pending restricted free agent — will request a trade this summer. The 26-year-old is 12-13-1 with a .908 save percentage on the season.

Toronto hosts Winnipeg Saturday before finishing its schedule with three games on the road against Tampa Bay, Florida, and Ottawa.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    I’m not a Leafs’ fan. I’m not a not Leafs’ fan. I’m neutral; but, for heaven’s sakes! When is this team gonna catch a break!

    • esracerx46 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Right after Detroit does.

      • patthehockeyfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        I hear ya’!

  2. joey4id - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Why the bloody hell was Ranger thinking when he pushed Bergeron on top of Bernier? Talk about another bonehead play by one of Toronto’s d core.

  3. esracerx46 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament (the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints).
    A strain is also a stretch or tear, this time affecting the muscle itself or a tendon (the tissue that connect the muscles to the bones).

    I looked this up the other day when I heard Patrick Kane also had a medial collateral ligament strain. Turns out, if you really want to get technical, its a sprain.

  4. terrier92 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Butterfly goalies are really susceptible to this type of injury with all the traffic in front of net. Amazing more guys aren’t hurt. That said what a boneheaded play by Ranger. D have to do more to protect goalies yet current rules really restrict what they can do. I don’t know what the solution is other than physically punish guys who go hard to net and accept consequences

  5. stcrowe - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Bernier is a quality goaltender. However, I am getting the feeling that he may turn into one of those players that shows flashes of brilliance, but just can’t stay healthy. This is his first year as a number one goalie, and look at the number of games he has lost to injury.

    • esracerx46 - Apr 4, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      1 year does not make a career.

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