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Report: Reimer requests trade from Toronto

Jun 29, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

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The writing has likely been on the wall for some time now, but James Reimer‘s time in Toronto is likely at an end.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports Reimer has asked the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade him and he speculates the Leafs and Winnipeg Jets were in discussion during the NHL Draft about making a swap.

Reimer is from Morweena, Manitoba near Winnipeg and would join Ondrej Pavelec as the goaltending duo there. Al Montoya is an unrestricted free agent come July 1 and while Reimer is set to be a restricted free agent on that date, returning home to play would give him a strong chance at unseating Pavelec for the No. 1 job there.

Reimer was unseated as Maple Leafs starter last season by Jonathan Bernier. The season started with the two in competition with each other, but coach Randy Carlyle clearly sided with Bernier as his top guy.

Bernier’s performance dictated he be the man as he had a .922 save percentage in 55 games. Reimer backed him up with a .911 save percentage in 36 games. While that stat is average, it would’ve made for a marked improvement on what Pavelec did with Winnipeg as he put up a .901 mark in 57 games.

Meanwhile, the Leafs have already been spotted courting Martin Brodeur to potentially be Bernier’s new backup/mentor. Reminder: his numbers were also worse than Reimer’s last season (.901 save percentage in 39 games).

  1. abouv1 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Good, he deserves way better than the way he’s been treated by Leafs

    • abouv1 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      *by the Leafs

    • dueman - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      He hasn’t been treated badly by the Leafs. I really like Reimer, but for what ever reason, he just couldn’t put it together last year. Bernier clearly won the starting position is what happened. This is professional hockey, nobody gets coddled. Personally I think that Reimer going to the Jets would be fantastic for him. A new start, on his home team, could totally rejuvenate him.

    • elrock7 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      watch him play! He cant play his angles, cant control rebounds, is always searching for the puck and cant hold onto his stick!

      • mcphillthy - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        If those things were true he never would have made it to the NHL. This just sounds like hating to me

    • lakeshoreleafsfan - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      How was he treated? It was clearly James Reimer’s net to lose. There was competition between him and Jonathan Bernier, and Bernier solidly won the net—by outplaying Reimer, by outsmarting Reimer, by outworking Reimer. Bernier worked hard for the starting position in Toronto, and now has earned and deserves that position. If you’re going to say Randy Carlyle destroyed Reimer’s confidence, that’s BS. Reimer is a professional, and is a big boy; and if he can’t stand or handle a little extra work or a little criticism, then he shouldn’t be in the NHL (and btw: I was one of Reimer’s strongest defender until even I noticed his playing was noticeably slipping; and that’s before Carlyle said “he was okay, just okay”) And don’t forget what Mike Babcock said about Jimmy Howard (he said “he’s not starting because he wasn’t any good”) and did that shake Howard’s confidence? No. He worked that much harder and proved his coach wrong. Reimer had as much opportunity as Bernier had (at least in the first half of the season) and Reimer wasn’t up to the job. Saying that, wherever James Reimer goes, it’ll be best for him and the Maple Leafs to go their separate ways and I wish James Reimer good luck on his new team

    • blomfeld - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:36 AM

      CAN’T BLAME HIM WITH #3 IN TOWN EH ? :)

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

      542) Jim Neighbors
      543) Wayne Newton
      544) Henrik Lundqvist
      545) Alexander Ovechkin

  2. anthj99 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    These trade “requests” are outta control.

    • billiam55 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      this one though i saw coming. reimer deserves better.

  3. gojetsgo33 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    It would be an upgrade to Pavelec

    • winnipegwonder - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Yeah but not really the upgrade I was hoping.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Jun 29, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Very underrated guy mistreated by the Leafs. Put a decent squad in front of him and I feel the league will see his potential. Diamond in the rough in my opinion.

    • elrock7 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      you are delusional

  5. garybrian2014 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    If Caryle doesn’t like someone it’s usually not to hard to figure out. That’s his feeling about Reimer. Also with Gardiner and Khadri. So let’s hope they don’t dump these guys for that reason. Remember too that he wasn’t to big on Lupul when he had him in Anaheim!

  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Toronto was not exactly a defensive powerhouse – 26th in GAA, worst in SOG allowed, 28th on the pK, not a great puck possession team. I’d say that .911 stands to rise, specifically on the Jets as they were #9 in GAA.

  7. paulerhythm - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Totally mistreated by Carlisle! Besides, banking on both Reimer and Bernier to face 40 shots a night and expect them to save em all says more about the team around them than the goalies. Reimer is a good goalie and with some defense around him, he’ll put up the numbers and may get you in the playoffs.

  8. elrock7 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    You clowns who think Reimer is so good have not been watching, or you have no clue about goaltending.

    He wont control rebounds or find the puck no matter where he plays/

    • scrouch - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      His rebound control is pretty bad. Has always been a big issue with his play.

  9. scrouch - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    With how good Hutchinson has been this season I don’t know if the Jets really need Reimer. It’s good to have excess goalies and Reimer could be good for them but I don’t think he’s really shown to be any more consistent than Pavelec and I think the Jets would like to give Hutchinson a shot at the backup position next year. Even with Pasquale moved to Washington they’ve got a ton of goalies in the system. Pavelec hasn’t been good but their depth is excellent at that position. A few months ago I would have liked this idea, now I don’t really know if there’s space.

    The other part of this is that Reimer’s already 26 so he’d be a UFA after one year. The Jets wouldn’t sign him to longer than a year contract at this point so him coming in might only hold back the development of Hutchinson. I don’t know if it would be worth it just to have Reimer for a year and either lose him to free agency or just not have room for him. They definitely won’t give much of anything to the Leafs to get him if they decide they want to bring him in. 6th round pick maybe or the rights to a RFA they aren’t really planning on re-signing. Something very expendable. Reimer may deserve better than Toronto but the crease is getting really crowded in Winnipeg so there might not be a place for him there either.

  10. spence24 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Bernier is better than reimer- he controls rebounds and plays the puck better but reimer is definitely better than pavelec and he is from Manitoba so it’s definitely a good trade for the jets. As long as Toronto doesn’t get that old fart brodeur as backup we should be good

  11. jason9696 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    James Reimer hasn’t been to same since little Brian Gionta knocked him over a few years ago.

  12. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Lazy reporting by Kypreos – he was raised near Winnipeg so they want him.
    Chevy has committed to keeping Pavelec & not buying him out (which is ludicrous) & Hutchinson has more than earned the backup job & will compete to be the starter.

  13. tgd1976 - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Reimer is a good goalie. Yes he may give up a bad goal now and then, but he is a battler and often makes up for those bad goals. He has a career .914 SVPCT. which is more than respectable considering the poor defence he has had playing in front of him. With a lot of goalies available this off-season, I doubt the Leafs will get much in return for him though, maybe a 3rd round pick at best or a bottom 6 forward.

  14. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    My question is why weren’t they already shopping Reimer around? He shouldn’t have even had to request the trade, they should have been working on it already. It’s obvious him and Carlyle don’t get along. Trade him while he’s still worth something. Plenty of teams out there could use him.

  15. guitarhunterdude - Jun 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    If Fletcher could find some way to dump Backstrom and get Reimer to take his place on the Wild, I’d be ecstatic. A Kuemper/Reimer timeshare, hopefully with Harding in the mix as well, would be a pretty solid goalie tandem.

  16. pj608 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Good for him! I hope a good team snags him and treats him right. Any team that needs a goalie and has people who actually play defense would be very proud to have him as their goalie. Also, he is going to be a man on fire with everything to prove. If he goes to a team with poor defense he will end up like scrivens and be expected to play like a mad man every night.

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