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James Reimer Headed To Carolina


added 12:05pm, Carolina release is below.

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired goaltender James Reimer from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Scott Darling and a sixth-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Reimer, 31, was 13-12-5 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 36 games with Florida in 2018-19. The Morweena, Man., native has appeared in 338 career NHL games with Toronto, San Jose and Florida, going 144-120-39 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Selected by the Maple Leafs in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Reimer has posted a save percentage of better than .920 four times and represented Canada in the 2011 and 2014 IIHF World Championships.   
Darling, 30, registered a 15-29-9 record, 3.20 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in two seasons with the Hurricanes. He was acquired by Carolina from Chicago in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft (Evan Barratt).

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Paul's avatar

Fla. put Darling on unconditional waivers.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/30/19 at 12:17 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Mrazek better watch out. He doesnt wike competition :’(

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/30/19 at 12:33 PM ET


Why couldn’t Steve Yzerman do this???

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/30/19 at 12:47 PM ET

mattimeo's avatar

Really feel bad for darling. Hopefully someone picks him up

Posted by mattimeo on 06/30/19 at 01:59 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Plus there is some talk Reimer may not be in Carolina for very long.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/30/19 at 02:00 PM ET


Ummm. Mrazek did fine platooning with McIlhenny this past season.

Was lights out down the stretch; helped get Carolina past two favored playoff opponents.

But as long as adults can simulate baby voices and tears on a keyboard, what does reality matter?

Reimer is a clearly inferior goalie to either Mrazek or McIlhenny.
I assume he’s either the clear second goalie or there is more to this deal.
It was a favor to Florida for Carolina to take his contract in time for UFA day.

As for Darling, he may never play in the NHL or even pro hockey again.
He should hold his head high. He earned his way into being a good backup in Chicago with no pedigree. It’s not his fault a GM overpaid and gave him a big UFA deal. Health and family first. Ask Robin Lehner. In fact, Robin Lehner would probably be a great guy to talk to.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/30/19 at 11:24 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

I believe the excuse for Mrazek here was that he never got a chance to be the guy with Howard there, even though he lost the job not once, but twice.

Getting hot for a month and floundering the rest of the time, including a sub .900 save percentage in the playoffs is hardly worth it.

So reality is a tough concept for some, indeed.

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/01/19 at 06:28 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

2 months of a hot streak, for accuracy. But 3 Months with a sub .890! Save percentage.


Posted by ilovehomers on 07/01/19 at 06:40 AM ET

mattimeo's avatar

Lefty. Health and family first.. Darling’s father died back in may, and he was preciously in rehab. Losing employment doesnt bode well for his health, hopefully he can rebound for his health and career.

Mrazek and Mcelhinney are ufa’s i believe they’re trying to resign both, but may need to keep Reimer in the meanwhile.

Posted by mattimeo on 07/01/19 at 10:03 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Reports this morning saying McIlhenny signing with one of the Fla. teams, forgot which one.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/01/19 at 10:04 AM ET

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