James Reimer Requests a Trade

James Reimer Requests a Trade

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Dave Nonis just a few days ago said, “there’s a very good possibility James Reimer is back next year,” but that appears to have been posturing as the Maple Leafs look to find a new home for the restricted free agent. The Maple Leafs were admitting interest in Martin Brodeur at the same time, so clearly they knew Reimer wouldn’t be back.

Many assumed this was in the offing before the season even began when Tim Leiweke called Reimer “the guy we inherited” after the MLSE Pres reportedly pushed for the Bernier trade, and it was well on its way when Reimer gave Randy Carlyle a look that could kill just before Christmas after getting pulled against Detroit. Then, it became a certain eventuality after a crucial March loss to the Red Wings, when Randy Carlyle made his infamous “just OK” assessment of Reimer’s play.

Considering the above treatment following Reimer’s play in the lockout-shortened year, there’s really no blaming Reimer for wanting to move on. Reimer certainly was hard done by this season, and once again wasn’t helped by bad injury luck. Just as it looked like he was going to seize the moment in a big win against LA after Bernier left the game with an injury, he took a nasty knock to the head again; the losses piled up and his season’s numbers plummeted in the starts following.

With Nikolai Kulemin likely to walk (and probably sign in Pittsburgh), Reimer likely to be traded and Gunnarsson moved yesterday, this means the Leafs will have zero players remaining from the group present upon Brian Burke’s arrival.

His hometown Winnipeg Jets have long been rumoured to be Reimer’s next destination since Jonathan Bernier took over the starter’s job. Now we will see what Dave Nonis can salvage out of this. Goalies with question marks don’t move for much, let alone ones without a contract who have requested a trade. A good haul given the circumstances is likely a mid level pick and prospect.

If the promise of Bernier’s first season does bear out and he’s the starter of the future, the Leafs will take the return and won’t lose much sleep over this down the road. But it certainly feels like a waste right now.

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2598 comments
Fish Head
Fish Head

As much as I love the Leafs I don't blame Reimer for wanting out. I just hope he goes somewhere and wins a cup and then thanks idiots like Carlysle and Leiwicke for pushing him in the right direction.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

really depressed about players not wanting to play in Canada.  The NHL has to get rid of the NTC and NMC during the next CBA negotiation, or give the Canadian teams higher salary caps.

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

dam, im sure hope pk and his agent are shootin for the MAX !!!

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

man wish we had another cap guy instead of Loiselle. Dosnt seem like he knows what he is doing. Wonder who the guy in LA is? that guy is real good 

steele123
steele123

At least we have legit shit to talk about now.

Cloud09
Cloud09

So much for Gleason being a guy the Leafs want their players to emulate.

Jordan29
Jordan29

Montreal has made a living off UFA the last 5 years too so they must be up to something 

Loric76
Loric76

Montreal could be targeting Niskanen and trying to make room by moving Gorges

drummond
drummond

Unwillignes to waive on Gorges part is quite a troubling sign, I mean what does this tell to Leafs especially if they are trying to change the cuture....

Cloud09
Cloud09

I have no idea what the Leafs are doing, hopefully there is some kind of method to their madness. 

drummond
drummond

Any idea who the player going back to Montreal is?

Cameron19
Cameron19

Currently, with a full roster minus Subban and Eller, the Habs have 16M to spend on resigning those two - without moving any salary out.  They'll probably move Budaj and save 800K using Tokarski instead, too, so just about 17M.

DanielTadiusStClair
DanielTadiusStClair

I don't want Gorges if he doesn't want to play for the TML. Only way I'd make this move, is if Toronto can pawn him off in a package elsewhere for something better.


Loric76
Loric76

Gorges is such a bitch.  Could have both rounded our the D and avoided buying out Gleason.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@Black_Hawk Helps knowing that Dean Lombardi is a wizard and can get good guys signed relatively cheap.

loomx
loomx

@Cloud09 Now Roman Polak takes that prestigious title. Long line of failures have been described as such.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Loric76  P.K. is a right shot, I wonder if they're targeting Ehrhoff to play with him?

rickpearce76
rickpearce76

@drummond How do we know. Maybe he banged one of the guy's gf's or something. There are lots of reasons a guy might not wanna be on a certain team other than hating the city or the org.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@drummond I think he just doesn't want to be in Canada anymore. Too much scrutiny and tax.

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

@4evrblue the deal was for gleason , thats it , denied trade , gleason bought out , its over , probly end up on isles ..

Jordan29
Jordan29

@Cloud09 with no gleason they have decent cap for a big UFA like stastny

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

They're hunting for big free agents.   Makes sense - take advantage of Price's prime in a weak eastern confernece

Cloud09
Cloud09

@Cameron19 Need to sign a replacement for Vanek, could be making room for Moulson.

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@Loric76


Gorges - Phaneuf

Gardiner - Polak/Holzer/Granberg

Rielly - Polak/Holzer/Granberg.

loomx
loomx

@mcloki @MaxwellHowe Winning teams would also be very helpful. If I can make the same money in the States and have a better chance at winning, I'm going to the States.

Loric76
Loric76

@4evrblue @Loric76 Ehrhoff wasn't available yet when the trade discussions started between Montreal and Toronto

Loric76
Loric76

@RandomScrub @Loric76 This fits RC's style more:


Gards - Phaneuf (two way minute eaters)

Gorges - Polak (shutdown pair))

Rielly - Granberg/Holzer

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

@4evrblue @unclejakescards they were both buy out candidates ,. no teams are intersted in adding space right now before free agency . IT WAS NEVER FRANSSON LUPUL OR KADRI ! FOR F SAKES !!!