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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.