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Reimer admits he’s ‘really sad’ if his time with Toronto is over

Apr 12, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

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Depending upon how you view James Reimer‘s time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators probably seemed fitting.

Those who defend him – like, say, his agent – would probably nod their heads wistfully at his stats on the day: 36 saves, one goal allowed and another mark in the “L” column.

As a restricted free agent, the Maple Leafs have a considerable amount of control over the 26-year-old netminder’s future. Even so, Reimer told reporters including TSN’s Jonas Siegel that he couldn’t help but shake the emotional feeling that tonight might represent his final moment in a Maple Leafs uniform.

With some new faces in the organization, there might be an extra drive to remove Reimer … or maybe a chance for the still fairly new netminder to receive a clean slate. If nothing else, Reimer admits that the thought of playing somewhere else crossed his mind on Saturday.

Update: Here is video of the full (emotional) interview:

  1. canucks30 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Poor guy.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Blowing Game 7 vs Boston last year was the start of everything going south for them. A fresh start elsewhere might do him good.

    • pfhockey - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      I think BUF is a good place, or CGY. Leaning towards BUF.

  4. LampyB - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Bernier is the future in toronto. If reimer stays he will be warming the bench.

    To all the retarded toronto fans that bashed bernier and insisted he wasnt as good as Reimer, I told you so.

  5. blomfeld - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:05 AM


    The bottom line is that Reimer’s days were numbered the ‘minute’ after comrade Bernier was dealt to the Leafs … same thing for Bryzgalov after comrade Scrivens was dealt to the Oilers and same thing for Brodeur after comrade Schneider was dealt to the Devils.

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Jonathan Bernier
    4) Ben Scrivens
    5) Cory Schneider

    788) Bob Hogan
    789) Zsa Zsa Gabor
    790) Corey Crawford


    • machosasquatcho - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Hey blomfeld/joey4id/areaman/muckleflugga/patthehockeyfan/7 or 8 other accounts I’ll forgo naming:

      You’re unemployed. Know how I know this? You have 10 different accounts and spend all day posting on PHT. I’m not joking or being mean when I say that I’m sick of subsidizing this behavior with my tax dollars. Get a job and go do something productive you pathetic sack of crap.

  6. elguapo12 - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Best thing that will ever happen to him professionally.
    Let him go play for a team that can skate backwards.

    Although, there is only on Brass Rail.

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:36 AM


    do you mean comrades bernier, schneider and scrivens, all of whom are sizing-up tee times in florida while real goalies are still looking forward to playing …

    it is noted of the three, two came from one time stanley cup champions, the los angeles kings

    and who is this carbuncle from the bleary and red-eyed wedge of humanity’s disease ridden ass calling itself machosasquatcho …

    proving yet again eugenics or alternatively the electric chair and the gas chamber should not be dismissed outright

    • blomfeld - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      GO PLAY !

      Flugga …
      please note that despite the tee times which they’ll now likely be making at, all three of these goalies are ‘comrades’ as far as I’m concerned ! … and therefore the Oilers, Leafs and Devils now have ‘good times’ coming their way, guaranteed ! Of course that comes with the caveat that these teams ensure they treat these men well and don’t squander what are essentially ‘gifts’ from the heavens !

  8. beergold - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Best bet for Reimer is to get the frig out of Laffland.

    It has been and will be (unless Shanahan can completely change the culture) a horsepo-op non competitive on ice product for many years to come. The media and fans alike in TO are schizofrenic tards who will hang a player from the nearest pole then the next night invite them over for supper with the family and treat them like a best friend.

    I can see him coming to Winnipeg in the offseason and the Jets sending back Kane who would fit right in with the disfunctional Leafs. Reimer is used to -40 Manitoba winters and although the Jets too have a way to go to be Cup competitive, he would at least be appreciated by the fans.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    He’s a good goalie it’s just hard to be successful when the team in front of you refuses to play defensively

  10. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    You’d have to tack something significant to Reimer going to Winnipeg for Kane because otherwise that’s a hugely lopsided deal for Toronto

    • beergold - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Agreed kinda sortof, right now Kane is a douche…he could be a star but he needs to grow up and so far there is no sign of that happening.

  11. withseidelinn - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    If he leaves I think he’ll be far above an average goalie. Look at Scrivens. Hardly above mediocre talent wise, and when he goes to LA he becomes a god. Reimer has some great talent and a lot of heart. If he was on a team that played great defense I think he would make a serious name for himself. I hope he stays in TO but I doubt it. Best of luck to the guy.

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