James Reimer Requests a Trade

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 10 - Somehow James Reimer stops this Patrice Bergeron shot as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Boston Bruins in game 5 of their first round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series at TD Garden in Boston, May 10, 2013.

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.

  • Mind Bomb

    Brutal, I am going back out to the Pool !

  • Black_Hawk

    too bad, i liked James, seemed like a great guy.

  • 4evrblue

    Carlyle chases another solid player out of toronto. Love this guy when he took the head coaching position but the list of players that won’t play for him is growing too long for my liking.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Good guy. Had that long wonkiness after the Gionta hit. Flashes of being good later on, but ….

  • Loric76

    4evrblue Ya it’s starting to get tiring.  Especially with Bylsma available

  • loomx

    Two bad. The only two really bad stretches of his career came after blows to the head. The first from Gionta, the second from Stoll.

  • reenergized

    4evrblue Maybe Reimers lack of winning chased him away ??? just saying

  • reenergized

    Loric76 4evrblue Bylsma couldn’t win with his line up … what makes you think he will do better here?

  • Black_Hawk

    Reimer was good for us when we needed a saviour in net. He did really well for us for a time but his mechanics are lacking, mostly rebound control and puck handling. That was the biggest difference btw him and bernier imo. Reimer let out a lot more rebounds then should of been there.

  • Loric76

    reenergized Loric76 4evrblue not his fault 40% of their cap was tied to two players

  • 4evrblue

    reenergized 4evrblue  as I remember it Bernier would have a good game and RC would stand up and say “he had a good game, he’ll get the next start because of that”
    Meanwhile Reimer would have a good game and RC would say “we feel Bernier is right for the next game”
    “Win and you’re in” went out the window after the 1st week of the season

  • reenergized

    Loric76 reenergized 4evrblue so Our lineup is better than the Pens then?

  • Loric76

    reenergized Loric76 4evrblue don’t be an idiot

  • Xxxxxnew

    Countdown starts now: how long before Reimer’s camp denies trade request?

  • reenergized

    Loric76 reenergized 4evrblue Then what’s your point ??? if the pens had a better lineup but he couldn’t do it with them, then how does he do it with a weaker line up??? and why didn’t any of the other teams take him ??? and why did the USA suck ass at the Oylmpics????

  • ShotgunCharlie

    They really need to learn how to treat players. From Leiweke to Carlyle. So much for a professional organization. They didn’t like the way Burke blustered but at least he didn’t lie. Leiweke is worse.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    reenergized 4evrblue His numbers were always pretty good. Every player who plays pretty well individually on a losing team should be thrown out with the bath water and chased away on account of a lack of winning?
    Bernier certainly outplayed him last season, so it is what it is at this point, but I don’t get your logic.
    The Leafs treated the guy pretty poorly.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DgsgWHQfY0 Kouba

    I dislike the Leiweke guy, arrogant and disrespectful.

  • Loric76

    reenergized Loric76 4evrblue fair enough, but it’s not happening with RC either

  • reenergized

    Alec Brownscombe reenergized 4evrblue We didn’t cry for Jonas when Wilson chased him out of town …. 
    He should have won more than 0 games in his last 10 …. then the discussion might have been different

  • Alec Brownscombe

    reenergized Alec Brownscombe 4evrblue Because Gustavsson sucked. Reimer didn’t.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Not a surprise

  • reenergized

    Alec Brownscombe reenergized 4evrblue I don’t agree … :) sorry, I thought Jonas was a better goalie then and now ….

  • Burtonboy

    Alec Brownscombe reenergized 4evrblue No doubt Reimer was out played but the guy doesn’t want to be a back up . Nonis would be doing the right thing to trade him and give him a better opportunity to be a starter somewhere else

  • 4evrblue

    Alec Brownscombe reenergized 4evrblue  Especially at the start of the year. I won’t sit here and say Benier wouldn’t have taken the job in the end, I think he would have and am the only guy on here that would suggest trading for Bernier 2 years ago which should tell you I have always thought he was a better option than Reimer. At the beginning on this season James was winning games and playing well but never stood a chance though.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    reenergized Alec Brownscombe 4evrblue We’ll stop talking here then.

  • reenergized

    Alec Brownscombe reenergized 4evrblue about reimer ..sure!

    there’s lots of other topics to disagree on :)

  • borjesundin

    I would not be all for trading Reimer now. Typical sell low. 

    Why not wait for a team to have an injury mid season?

  • MaxwellHowe

    And agree with the theme emerging below that the Leafs do not treat their players well in terms of public comments.  If you wanna call a guy out or disrespect him, do it to his face behind closed doors.

  • Murph2417

    Man this sucks, I like Reimer. However, he deserves better than this shit treatment. Hope he gets a starter job and shows what he can really do. Carlyle can go to hell for running him out of here.

  • Black_Hawk

    Murph2417 I have no doubt he will rebound with another team.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    borjesundin Reimer has to move on for his own sake. He can’t remain a backup for much longer or it’s going to become an uphill climb to become a starter again in the League.

  • deedrag

    I wish him all the best. He didn’t deserve what happened to him this past season. Now Maybe the leafs will grabt my wish and trade Lupul , Franson and Reimer for Kane and Montoya.

  • 2minutes

    Care to elaborate? What’d Leiweke do?

  • MaxwellHowe

    borjesundin  they treated him bad enough – denying his request would be the dickish cherry on top

  • Murph2417

    Black_Hawk Murph2417 Me either, he’s a class act guy. If I was in his shoes I would’ve lost my shit about 3 months into last season.

  • rockydundas

    borjesundin 
    I don’t like using this term necessarily, but I think they owe it to him to move him on to a better opportunity. Besides, it allows us to bring in a backup now and avoids a circus in the first month or so of the season.

  • Murph2417

    deedrag Montoya is a UFA

  • 4evrblue

    Anyway it is what it is
    Whats the return if he goes to WPG?

  • Xxxxxnew

    Reimer’s the one who’s jumping ship.

  • deedrag

    Murph2417 deedrag  Ok then Lupul and Reimer.

  • Cameron19

    Winnipeg will love Optimus Reim!

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue Draft pick . Too many goalies on the market

  • Murph2417

    4evrblue Likely a pick or prospect, I wouldn’t expect much. Unless we throw someone else with more value in.

  • borjesundin

    rockydundas borjesundin

    The Leafs have not mistreated Reimer. Give me a break! Cause Carlyle said he played “okay”

    Reimer is being a sucky baby.

  • Jay_Berg

    Reimer got shafted but it’s professional sports. It happens. His life isn’t over. He will go to another team and have success and we have Bernier who with no disrespect is much better. It’s all for the best

  • MaxwellHowe

    There may be more possible destinations than we imagine

  • Murph2417

    Cameron19 He will bring class to a classless organization.

  • Black_Hawk

    4evrblue best case is probably a 2nd rounder

  • Murph2417

    Xxxxxnew I wouldn’t stay here after how he was treated