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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For a guy who had never been traded before in his NHL career, James Reimer's adjustment to a new team has been as smooth as silk.
The 28-year-old netminder lost his first start after coming over to the San Jose Sharks just before the trade deadline, but has since ripped off three straight wins, including two shutouts.
"It feels pretty seamless. The guys here are a bunch of real good guys," Reimer said this week from San Jose. "It's been a lot of fun to just jump in with the group and just start playing. I think it helps that our schedule is so busy and we're playing so many games. At the same time, you don't get to see too much of the area because you're playing every other day. It's been a really good adjustment, though."
It's because of that March schedule -- 16 games in 31 days -- that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson came to the conclusion he needed an upgrade over former backup Alex Stalock. The GM wanted to get someone who could more confidently spell starter Martin Jones, so as not to overplay the youngster and burn him out in his first year as an NHL starter.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
With 215 NHL games under his belt in a pressure-cooker like Toronto, Reimer definitely fits the bill.
He’s a humble kid from small-town Manitoba whose path to the NHL included three years as a Red Deer Rebel as well as stints in the East Coast league and the AHL before platooning with the Leafs for six years.
He insists he was surprised the Leafs traded him Feb. 27 as he was in the midst of preliminary trade talks when it happened.
Clearly now isn’t the time the 27-year-old wants to be talking about his options as an unrestricted free agent this summer as he’s trying to establish himself behind Jones in a new town for the balance of the season.
However, he does admit this summer will be an exciting one for him.
“Totally — I’ve never been through this in my career and it will an interesting experience,” said Reimer, insisting he’ll go into the process with an open mind.
“As far as teams being off the table, not really. You just want an opportunity to play and lead a team. That’s the dream, right?”
added 2:29pm, San Jose release is below...
Ron MacLean of Sportsnet discusses the Toronto goaltending situation plus other topics....
Earlier today, ESPN's Craig Custance discussed the effects that the coach's challenge has had upon video coaches, and this afternoon, the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno discusses the fact that the standards of goaltender interference have changed--not only under the new rule, but with "incidental contact" yielding more and more waved-off goals:
It can definitely help the goalies. [Jonathan] Bernier and fellow Leafs goalie James Reimer said a handful of goals against might not count thanks to coach's challenges.
"I think they would be the first ones to tell you it's great for the referees, too," Bernier said. "We all make mistakes, and obviously that can change momentum of the games."
It changed momentum of the Sharks-Capitals game, even though some players complained that there wasn't sufficient contact between Jay Beagle and goaltender Martin Jones to take the goal away. Beagle appeared to brush Jones as the puck was going by, and referee Tim Peel said the goalie wasn't able to do his job.
"Any incidental contact, call it. That's the standard that seems to be set now," Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "I don't have to agree with it, but if that’s the standard, then you're going to get a lot of challenges from the coaches around the league."
Rederees determining a standard for these subjective calls is crucial to how effective coach's challenges will be. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said he considers getting bumped part of the game, but perhaps the slightest contact will lead to goals being wiped out.
"It's not even a game of inches, it's a game of millimetres," Reimer said. "You get bumped on the skate lightly and he knocks you off balance for a half-second and the puck goes in."
Re-live the madness as James Reimer single-handedly lifted a tired and slow-looking Toronto Maple Leafs squad to a 2-1 shootout win over the superior-looking Detroit Red Wings in a 41 save performance that dazzled.
How did Randy Carlyle feel about Reimer's performance? Watch below...
On second thought, perhape Reimer should have stayed in the net.
Here is the head contact on James Reimer by Dominic Moore from last night.
Postgame, Reimer said he is fine and the Leafs were following league protocol.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Perhaps the realization on both sides that the market for goalies is limited — there are still a number of unrestricted free-agent netminders available — and the return for Reimer would be small.
Perhaps it was the realization by Reimer that the opportunity to be a starter would be no better anywhere else.
Perhaps it was the realization by the Leafs that they don’t have much depth and another injury to Bernier without an adequate backup could paralyze the team.
So the conversation changed. The Leafs told Reimer they needed him. The Leafs told Reimer he could unseat Bernier for the top job if he plays well enough.
“That’s pretty much what I’ve been told,” said Reimer. “That’s all a guy can ask for. All you want is a chance, and I intend to make the most of it.
“My goal is to go in there and be the No. 1 guy. Worst-case scenario: Me and Bernier push each other and we get great goaltending.”
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Randy Carlyle made sure he was being asked about James Reimer after a one-goal loss in Detroit, pausing before he offered an assessment of the now 26-year-old understudy.
“I thought he was okay, you know, just okay,” said Carlyle with a tone of evident frustration after a 3-2 defeat to the injury-riddled Red Wings squad, the Leafs third in the past four games.
Long a point of stability this season Toronto goaltending has suddenly been thrown into question with Carlyle's remarks, Reimer's performance and the uncertain status of injured no. 1 Jonathan Bernier. Starting in place of Bernier for the second straight game – his fourth consecutive appearance – Reimer allowed three goals on 31 shots, including a game-sealing squeaker under the left arm from Daniel Alfredsson with the Leafs down one in the final minutes of regulation.
It was the kind of stop Bernier has made routinely this season, one that Reimer needed to make at that point in the game and perhaps what soured Carlyle most afterward, Toronto's comeback attempt ultimately falling short.
“So he said I was just okay,” said Reimer, responding to Carlyle's comments. “I thought I played good, but obviously you'd like to make at least one of those saves in the third.”
Reimer's agent Ray Petkau tweets post game...
You may say after the first save, ok, nice one, but keep watching...
Josh Leivo of the Leafss collided with Reimer who has had a history of neck/head injuries.
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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James Reimer on Patrice Bergeron...
Or Jimmy Howard on Teemu Selanne...
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
In less than a year, Reimer has captured the hearts and imaginations of an entire city. But is he the real deal, which, for the most part, he appears to be? Or is he one of those dreaded one-year wonders like former Habs goalie Steve Penney and ex-Bruin Mike Moffatt?
As good as Reimer has been in his brief stint with the Leafs, such questions do arise when he struggles like he did on Tuesday night in Florida, allowing three goals on seven shots in a performance some were calling the worst of his young NHL career.
Ron Wilson yanked him in favour of Jonas Gustavsson early in the second period in a game the Leafs would go on to lose 5-3 to the Panthers. At the same time, Wilson is still confident in the kid and says he’ll throw him right back between the pipes on Thursday here in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“It’s about playing well ... It’s just about getting him reps so he can catch up and be a big part of our success in the second half,” Wilson said, aware that Reimer might still be fighting his way back from being sidelined for six weeks with whiplash (Or a concussion, depending on who you listen to).
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
In an interview with radio station Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Burke attempted to clear up the mystery behind Reimer’s injury.
“It’s not a concussion,” said Burke. “And he’s being treated for concussion-like symptoms. “We’re not sure if it’s whiplash-related with the way he was hit from the side. And if it was a concussion, we would say it was.
“If it turns out the doctor says to me tomorrow that he has a concussion, we’ll announce he has a concussion.”
from Sheldon C. Good of the Mennonite Weekly Review,
When James Reimer was 15, his parents called a family meeting. Though Harold and Marlene Reimer had originally decided their sons couldn’t play organized sports outside of school, James wanted desperately to play junior hockey.
“We said, ‘James is going to need support, and unless the whole family’s on board, we can’t do this,’ ” Marlene said Oct. 5.
That same year, Reimer became a member of his childhood congregation, Morweena Evangelical Mennonite Church, about 90 miles north of Winnipeg, Man.
Eight years later, the 23-year-old phenom from Arborg, Man., is the starting goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Whether it’s Cat, Cujo or Eagle, you’re just not a bona fide Maple Leaf netminder without a catchy nickname.
Fans weren’t too excited about Andrew (Razor) Raycroft and some names they hung on Vesa Toskala can’t be printed. But here comes James Reimer, whose strong start in his rookie year has inspired people to think outside the box. The first few kids in line at Tuesday’s Hockey Hall of Fame autograph session had the Optimus Reim t-shirt that a sharp-thinking fan re-configured from The Transformers franchise.
“It was very popular,” joked Reimer’s agent, Ray Petkau. “I’ve ordered my own shirt.
Reimer has at least six nicknames he’s carefully considering:
How about “Giving the kid a full season before deciding”?
Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday that the hockey club has signed restricted free agent goaltender James Reimer to a three-year contract.
“We are extremely pleased to have come to terms on this new deal with James and his agent Ray Petkau,” said Burke. “He earned the opportunity to play at the NHL level this past season and he made the most of it with his outstanding play. He really grabbed the net and never looked back. We are confident that his talent and strong work habits will be contributing factors to our team’s success next season.”
NEW YORK (April 1, 2011) – Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who posted a 9-4-1 record with a 2.87 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Reimer edged Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (7-4-11 in 14 games), Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis (6-6—12 in 16 games), New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner (6-5—11 in 13 games), Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford (7-4-2, 2.78 GAA in 13 games) and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (6-0-0, 1.03 GAA in six games) for the award.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The kid can play. And the kid’s got a story.
You know, one of those hockey stories that seems more fiction than fact. James Reimer grew up in Morweena, Manitoba, pop. 130, a town where if you wanted to play organized hockey you needed to drive about 15 minutes away to Arborg, pop. 1,200.
Played a lot in Uncle Rick’s backyard with his older brother, who needed a target to shoot on. His dad, Harold, moves houses for a living. Pops them on a truck and moves ’em. Young James, meanwhile, met his wife, April, at a Moose Jaw Warriors game while she was studying at a nearby bible school.
Honest to Richie Cunningham.