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Leafs re-sign Reimer — two years, $4.6 million

Jul 25, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 18: James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates back to the net after a time out during the second period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on March 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs have managed to avoid arbitration with James Reimer by signing him to a two-year, $4.6 million contract, per CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

The question now is if Reimer will stay in Toronto until the completion of that deal. Reimer’s tenure with the Maple Leafs has been something of a mixed bag. He’s been the team’s starter for various stretches over the last four seasons and was a big factor in the team making the playoffs in 2013 with his 2.46 GAA and .924 save percentage.

He’s been inconsistent though and Toronto hedged its bets when it acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in the summer of 2013. The idea was that Bernier would compete for the starting job against Reimer, but Reimer struggled last season and finished with a 3.29 GAA and .911 save percentage in 36 contests.

With Bernier expected to start the 2014-15 campaign as the team’s number one goaltender, Reimer reportedly requested a trade last month. Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has since said that “by and large, what we have right now is what we’re going to start with.”

  1. imleftcoast - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    “I thought he was okay, you know, just okay,” said Carlyle with a tone of evident frustration after a 3-2 defeat to the injury-riddled Red Wings squad, the Leafs third in the past four games.

    Further inflaming the matter afterward were the words of Reimer’s agent and close friend Ray Petkau, who tweeted, “As is customary in Toronto, when your team plays poor defensively game after game you blame your goalie.”

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Since when is does “OK” = “He’s the cause of all the teams problems”?

      Carlyle may have been a little blunt and to the point, but he wasn’t wrong. That game Reimer was just ok. Not good, not bad… just ok.

    • elrock7 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      you are just plain dumb! Stay on the lefty coast

  2. lowenni - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Hmm. I think Reimer can be a good starting goalie in this league, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bernier is a top-10 one in a year or two. That being said, Reimer is unlikely to supplant him as the Leafs’ starter. He’s still young and I’m sure he’s going to want the chance to prove himself as the starter, and therefore the trade rumors surrounding him aren’t going to stop. Good luck to Optimus Reim either way, if I was Winnipeg I would make a play for him. Maybe send Pavelec and a pick to Toronto for Reimer and have Pavelec be the backup in TO while Reimer most likely takes the starting job in WPG with Hutchinson backing him up.

    • missthemexpos - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      You have the right idea except maybe extra bodies going each way including Kane, both these teams could use a shake-up.

  3. mbogdan0 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I could see buffalo interested in reimer’s services..just sayin.

  4. lowenni - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Why would buffalo be interested? They have two young goalies who both experienced similar situations as Reimer in fighting for starting jobs in Enroth and Neuvirth, and solid goalie prospects like Hackett and more on the way. Just cause the guy is young and has potential doesn’t mean the rebuilding Sabres are gonna come calling.

    • canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Id value Reimer higher then both Neuvirth and Enroth so I would think a trade makes sense. Don’t know much about Hackett right now besides his limited sample size assuming he’s the former Wild goalie?? but a trade with the leafs would make sense from Buffalo’s perspective

  5. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I like Reimer, but between his agent and the Toronto media, I don’t know who was working harder to create a completely unnecessary goalie controversy last season. Sad thing is it actually worked.

  6. guitarhunterdude - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    With the Wild needing some kind of stability in net, I’d love to see them get Reimer. Obviously, though, that’d involve buying out Backstrom, or somehow getting someone to take him in a trade.

    It’s a pipe dream, but I still hope it happens somehow. I really don’t want to go into the year relying on Kuemper with a shaky backup tandem of Backstrom or Harding.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      It would be good, and the evidence/history on Backstrom is becomming clear.

  7. mb30forlife - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Carlyle probably had to suck his D to get that signing done

    • mb30forlife - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM

      I forgot… This is a Toronto Maple Laugh’s area only.

  8. buffalo65 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Somebody will fire the required 2nd or 3rd round pick to get him. Worth a shot.

  9. gunwin77 - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    I think Reimer would be a great fit in Winnipeg. Id like to see the Leafs package him with another body or a pick and go after Stuart. Both teams fill a need. Winnipeg gets a decent starter between the pipes and the Leafs bolster their young blueline with a veteran stay-at-home defenseman that can help teach Rielly and Gardiner the ropes.

    • mb30forlife - Jul 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Reimer is a great back up tendy anywhere that actually can consistently play defense around him… He gets a lot of heat for the TEAMS turnovers! He could actually be a starter for the right team. Like Minnesota, They take care of the puck better than most of the teams out there. Hes very under rated, and it is sad. I know he gives up fluky goals here and there but when your team is inconsistent you better believe your goalie is going to be as well.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Not sure where you’re getting this idea that EVERYONE is blaming EVERYTHING on Reimer. Leaf fans are well aware that it takes a team. The majority of the Leaf fans I know are starting from the top down. Carlyle, Nonis, Phaneuf and Clarkson get the most blame for the Leafs problems. Reimer doesn’t get much blame at all.

      • mb30forlife - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:05 AM

        I didnt say everyone is blaming him… I just said he gets a lot of heat for other peoples mistakes and that he does let in fluky goals at times but that is because his team is inconsistent. Cant you read junior?

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Oh I can read, you said Reimer is getting blamed for the teams TURNOVERS. You couldn’t be more wrong. Reimer has NOTHING to do with turnovers. Obviously you’re just a hater.

        Oh well… Haters gotta hate, keep following the Leafs!

  10. craigmaitland - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Trade him. Get him away from the horrid defence in front of him. He deserves to be on a better team with better fans.

  11. madmax80 - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    Remember that one time, when Tuukka was property of Toronto . . . . That was awesone!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    • mykem07 - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Blame Ferguson for that. But Rask is good because he’s on the Bruins. If he was on a weaker team like the Oilers or Isles, then its a different story.

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