Toronto Is Berning-Leafs Acquire Jonathan Bernier

By Eric Bordin
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The Wild Card

Here is the wild card in this whole deal; James Reimer. This past season, the 25 year old netminder, won the starting job out of camp. He held off Ben Scrivens to get the nod. Although he looked a little shaky early on, he wound up putting together a pretty solid season. He was the backstop for the Leafs in the thrilling first round playoff series loss to the Bruins. Although the Leafs did have an historic collapse in Game 7 of the series, Reimer put up solid numbers. He was 3-4 with a 2.88 GAA. He is signed through the coming season for $1.6 M.

During the regular season, Reimer played in 33 games going 19-8-5. He missed 2 weeks of action after spraining his MCL on February 11.

So, what makes him the wild card? Well, the Maple Leafs now have 2 young potential starting goalies. Yes, Bernier has never been a starter, but why else would Toronto acquire him? Insurance? I doubt it. Jonathan Bernier is coming into Toronto to be the starter. With the acquisition of Scrivens, to be his backup, Reimer is very likely available. Would the Isles have interest? Why not?

James Reimer is 6’2″, 208 lbs. He was selected by the Maple Leafs in the 4th round, 99th overall, of the 2006 draft.  He is 25 years old and won’t turn 26 until mid-March.  He is 53-32-14 with a 2.71 GAA in 104 career NHL games. He is a confident, butterfly style goalie who is very big on fundamentals. Reimer is said to be very agile, with a great reaction time.

The knocks against Reimer are a weak glove side and the fact that he really isn’t the type of goalie who will go out and challenge an attacker. He is more of a stay at home type of goalie. He did suffer some rough spots this past season, but most people in Toronto are still pretty high on him.  With a 2.46 GAA this past season, I can see why.