— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) June 29, 2014
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.
Reimer post-Gionta hit (concussion) 11/12: 0.876 SV% Reimer post-Stoll hit ('bell rung") 13/14: 0.871 SV% pic.twitter.com/jds0rYhUE8
— Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) March 24, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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
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....
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.
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.
Friendly reminder that this all could've been avoided if the Leafs did the smart thing and used a regular buyout on Komisarek and a compliance buyout on Liles. That solution seemed to slip by our capologist though.
@MaxwellHowe Tax equalization would be very helpful.
@Black_Hawk Is this a only Tim Gleason thread or can we chat all hockey.
@4evrblue Maybe the Gorges trade hinges on a Dion deal?
@4evrblue Of course he is.
@Black_Hawk or the guy in Anaheim
@Black_Hawk Helps knowing that Dean Lombardi is a wizard and can get good guys signed relatively cheap.
@Cloud09 Now Roman Polak takes that prestigious title. Long line of failures have been described as such.
@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.
@drummond I think he just doesn't want to be in Canada anymore. Too much scrutiny and tax.
@4evrblue the deal was for gleason , thats it , denied trade , gleason bought out , its over , probly end up on isles ..
@4evrblue Nobody likes playing in Canada eh.
@Cloud09 with no gleason they have decent cap for a big UFA like stastny
@Cloud09 They're just throwing darts right now.
@drummond If its not Gleason I would think its Franson
They're hunting for big free agents. Makes sense - take advantage of Price's prime in a weak eastern confernece
@Cameron19 Need to sign a replacement for Vanek, could be making room for Moulson.
@Loric76 I think we are buying out Gleason to fit Gorges and others
Gorges - Phaneuf
Gardiner - Polak/Holzer/Granberg
Rielly - Polak/Holzer/Granberg.
@mcloki Think they are trying to avoid the UFA market for Dman if they can
@mcloki I'd honestly rather have Gorges over Boyle.
@loomx they couldnt though we didnt have room last year
They really beleived they would be able to trade Liles. The Toronto Maple Leafs have never really figured out how to manage a tea,m in the cap era.
@loomx But Loiselle is supposed to be a genius apparently.
@MaxwellHowe And yet they can't seem to hire the best people in the areas where there is no cap, like management, coaching, scouting, etc.
@MaxwellHowe They should have been using Liles all last year. Damn you RC.
@MaxwellHowe Totally foreign to them. I think they see the Leafs and all the cash and get stupid because of it.