James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season

James Reimer Signs for 2 years, $2.3 million per season

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The Maple Leafs and James Reimer have followed the league-wide theme of arbitration avoidance by arriving at a 2-year contract agreement worth $2.3 million per season.

It’s difficult to know how much praise is deserved for signing good-value RFA deals because the leverage is so tilted in favour of the club, but this is another cap-friendly deal for the Leafs and it seems to comes in for less than Reimer would’ve been awarded in arbitration.

Reimer and Bernier will be earning a combined $5.2 million last season and that’s excellent value for a tandem that stands among the best in the League. Bernier will be an RFA at the end of the 2014-15 season, Reimer a UFA at the end of the 2015-16 season.

“It gives James a little bit of security + shows we still believe he is a goaltender that can continue to improve. He never said: ‘Get me out of here,’ said Nonis. What he did ask was for us to explore opportunities …. We did. I went back to him+said: ‘I don’t have something that I would feel comfortable doing+we prefer to sign you.We both felt (Reimer) coming back was good for us+for him. He wouldn’t have signed…if he didn’t feel comfortable.

- Kevin McGran in speaking with Nonis on the phone this afternoon

We’re not sure if Reimer actually formally submitted a trade request, but it’s pretty clear there is no situation in the League where the Leafs can move Reimer to and have him guaranteed more opportunity than he will receive in Toronto. For now, he’ll need to show up to the camp ready to battle Jonathan Bernier for starts. If he remains second fiddle, injuries or underperformance will probably create an opening somewhere at some point throughout the season. This is a very trade-friendly contract if Reimer performs when he gets his opportunities this year, especially with the extra year of term tagged on at a good price.

Even better, it’d be great if Reimer and Bernier fought tooth and nail for starts in Toronto and gave them the type of goaltending the Leafs were getting in the earlier parts of the 2013-14 season.

As Anthony Petrielli explored earlier in the off-season in an article entitled “Trading James Reimer – Not So Fast,” this is probably the best thing for the organization for the time being in terms of hedging their bets and ensuring good goaltending again next season. His first season was nothing short of superlative, but Jonathan Bernier has some work left to do to prove he’s a year-in, year-out heavy lifter in net.

Jonathan Bernier’s past workload
Season
GP
% of Season
2010-201125/8230%
2011-201216/8220%
2012-201314/4829%
2013-201455/8267%

Reimer has had two 30+ game seasons where he’s posted a save percentage of .920 or above, with two seasons (2011-12 – .900; 2013-14 – .911) mixed in where his play has fallen off; in both cases there were head injuries precipitating the drop off.

Reim time isn’t over yet in Toronto yet, from the looks of things. Give ‘em hell, Optimus.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
626 comments
peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Sigh....3 cobs of corn and a cochisine tablet, means no lawn cutting for me tonight.  Missing...

mikeyboy
mikeyboy

i wont rest until the playoffs

mike_84
mike_84

Anyone on whos up to date with current laptop tech?

Fish Head
Fish Head

At what price and term would you consider to sign Michael Del Zotto? Looks like he could be a decent 3rd pairing D on the left sidebut what deal would make sense. He is a local boy so maybe he would be interested in being a Leaf.

Yaknowwhat
Yaknowwhat

Is this a mashup thread? Some of the posts have me wondering.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Anyone know of any trades that have gone down in August in recent history? Is there any chance we move Franson and/or Reimer or do August trades virtually never happen?

Bruffins
Bruffins

Who is your favourite player that plays for a team other than the Leafs?

Bruffins
Bruffins

Who has a better season next year... Rielly or Gardiner?

wiski
wiski

@Burtonboy I must be a forward thinker in seeing that Dion's days are numbered then ;)

mike_84
mike_84

@Fish Head i think he's the wrong kind of dman. We need a more defensive minded dman for the left side. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Yaknowwhat It's been up for two days two days so staying on topic with the Reimer signing would be difficult at this point.

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Jay_Berg



Usually dead now because all the GM's on vacay. There's some odd ones when guys request trades but rarely happens. I wouldn't expect a trade until American Thanksgiving. 

Fish Head
Fish Head

@Bruffins Doughty. He won me over during the recent Olympics and then solidified it through the playoffs. Best D in the game today. Although he was the #2 overall pick, knowing what we know today I would take him over Stamkos.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Doughty, Getzlaf, Subban

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Bruffins


Kane, Stamkos, Kopitar, Lucic. 


Edit: I'm surprised I'm the only one to have Kane 

Luke_R
Luke_R

@Bruffins Getzlaf, Toews, Benn, Lundqvist and Kopitar are mine

Fish Head
Fish Head

@Bruffins Should be close but I'll take Gardiner as he is older and therefore may have a better chance to make a leap.

Fish Head
Fish Head

@mike_84 @Fish Head If he's playing with Polak then Polak can be the stay at home while MDZ can be the puck carrier.

wiski
wiski

@Burtonboy you sent me on a tangent, that vid from japan was wild. How is this the first we here of this facker 

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

Subban? Really dude? I wouldn't go near that jackass for a song......he's a turn over machine, biggest mouth piece in the league, not to mention a gutless coward. Wth zero class......John Taveras is my choice...a complete hockey player and a class act!!!!

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Subban dominates the ice more then anyone in the league when he's at his best. People talk about Subban and Karlsson like they are liabilities. For every 1 bad play they make 10 good/amazing plays.

Subban also spends most of his offseason doing charity work. He's a class act

vinoa
vinoa

@phaneufoundlander He makes mistakes that come with the risks he takes. I'm hoping he rounds out defensively a la Ph9 (who I also think had that same sort of stuff being said of him). I like his game and I don't care that much about what he does off ice...unless it's some messed up shit.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Jay_Berg I met Subban a few times when he played in Hamilton for the Bulldogs. Personality-wise, he's nothing like people who have never met him think he is. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Xxxxxnew @Jay_Berg He's just a dink on the ice. He always seems great in interviews and when he's on Sportsnet and what have you. I know people who were around Brian Burke quite a bit too, and they said the same thing. Actual personality much different than popular perception.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew @Jay_Berg I think Subban thought he was obligated to putting on a show when he arrived. For some reason he didn't do the same schtick when he was in the AHL, the games I saw anyway. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Xxxxxnew @Cameron19 @Jay_Berg Loved the recorded on ice exchange with Bergeron (Team Canada teammate), when Bergeron complained about an elbow to the head, and PK apologized and said he thought he was Marchant

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Xxxxxnew @Cameron19 @Jay_Berg Yea, but he also does some dink things that aren't for show. Like when he challenged Lupul, gestured to take the helmet off, then sucker punched him while he was obliging him.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

That was brutal for sure