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.
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
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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.
Excellent piece by @GlobeFluto on Shanahan and the NHL's old boys club http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/07/27/toronto-president-brendan-shanahan-forward-thinker/WDab0OZunz6eD7vrzsBQiP/story.html …
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.
Get a load of this cat
I laughed to kill myself at this clown . Its fake but hilarious none the less
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?
@Burtonboy I must be a forward thinker in seeing that Dion's days are numbered then ;)
It's always one way or the other with these people.
@Burtonboy Boston sports media is to the MSM what Rob Ford is to municipal politics.
@mike_84 yes, what would you like to know
@Fish Head i think he's the wrong kind of dman. We need a more defensive minded dman for the left side.
@Yaknowwhat It's been up for two days two days so staying on topic with the Reimer signing would be difficult at this point.
@Yaknowwhat I would believe so.
@Burtonboy Ya but can he play the spoons ;)
@Burtonboy That's something else. Wow
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.
@Bruffins Ryan Suter. Guy is a beast.
@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.
Kane, Stamkos, Kopitar, Lucic.
Edit: I'm surprised I'm the only one to have Kane
@Bruffins Getzlaf, Toews, Benn, Lundqvist and Kopitar are mine
@Bruffins Benn, Steen are a couple of mine
@Bruffins Jagr, it will be a sad day when he retires
@Bruffins probably Toews, but Doughty and Subban are up there as well
@Bruffins Should be close but I'll take Gardiner as he is older and therefore may have a better chance to make a leap.
@Bruffins Rielly, but I think both are going to be awesome
@Burtonboy you sent me on a tangent, that vid from japan was wild. How is this the first we here of this facker
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!!!!
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
@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.
@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.