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Reimer: ‘Fair question’ if he’ll ask for trade out of Toronto

Apr 9, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

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Is James Reimer going to ask the Maple Leafs to move him this summer?

Well, he’s not ready to say yet. But he did appreciate why reporters would ask.

“Let’s wait a couple of days before we talk about [the possibility of asking for a trade],” Remier said on Wednesday, per TSN. “Obviously, it’s a fair question.”

To say it’s been a tough year for Reimer would be a big understatement. After backstopping Toronto to its first playoff appearance in seven years last season, Reimer watched as the Leafs went out and acquired Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles, then watched as the one-time goalie timeshare quickly turned into Bernier as the No. 1, and Reimer as the No. 2.

But that was just the start of things.

Toronto’s late-season collapse coincided with Bernier getting hurt and Reimer coming on in relief, which led to Randy Carlyle’s now-infamous “he was okay, you know, just okay,” remark following a 3-2 loss to Detroit, a comment that seemed to sting Reimer.

Looking ahead, though, one has to think Reimer would be a considerable target for teams looking to upgrade their goaltending this summer. A pending RFA, he’s in the last of a three-year, $5.4 million deal and is only 26 years old, posting really strong save percentages during both last regular season (.924) and opening-round playoff loss to Boston (.923).

He also got off to a tremendous start this year, going 5-0-0 in October with a .949 save percentage and one shutout.

  1. yarguy - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    He probably doesn’t have to ask.

    • packerswin96 - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Last years collapse vs. Boston was not Reimer’s fault.

  2. matt14gg - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Yes…he’ll be traded to some team and make an excellent back-up for the next few years. Toronto’s defense sucks, but Reimer has no one else to blame but himself for having the worst glove hand in the league. He does a lot of good things and he has excellent size (and by the way he really does seem like a nice, humble kid who you’d like to see do well) but there are certain basic goaltending skills (depth, lateral movement, hand placement) that he’s just not very good at.

  3. xbot5000 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    You might want to check that win – loss record this month. Reimer hasn’t won a start since January (Bernier one those last 2).
    What team wouldn’t want a kid that can handle pressure like that.

  4. hosewater2 - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    What is the market for #2 goalies who think they should be a #1?

    • 19inarow - Apr 10, 2014 at 12:44 AM


      • withseidelinn - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM


  5. slaugin - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I think he came in for Bernier tied against the bruins than ultimately won in a shootout giving him the win

  6. slaugin - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    With the amount of FA Goalies (this offseason)that can be had without giving up assets it will be tough to find a trade partner.

  7. feedmetherock - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Islanders, Canes, Canucks, Capitals, and the Jets could all be looking for a change in net. Lots of opportunities out there. All it takes is one chance. The Leafs defense was god awful, and it took their goalies making 40+ saves a night to get a win. He certainly has flaws, but give him a fresh start somewhere else, and I believe he could be a middle of the road starter. Just look at Mason, Brobovsky, and Bishop.. All were just considered backups and they are really doing well with their teams this year.

  8. beergold - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    Seems that in the past number of years the guys that have left TO have had their careers improve….coincidence? I don’t think so.

  9. jerrytimes - Apr 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Toronto is just looking for someone to blame and the goalie is the easiest target. Last I heard the Leafs led the league is shots against so naturally they get scored on a lot. Kessel is -6 the past three games and hasn’t been the same player since the Olympics. Just an opinion here, but watch the 24/7 leading up to the Winter Classic and compare the appearance of the Leaf and Wings. The Wings looked like hockey players struggling to win, but were working constantly. When they’d show the Leafs, it almost looked like they were more concerned with being on the cover of GQ than anything. Their minds aren’t were they should be, and this is what happens.

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