Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

James Reimer should be available for Toronto Maple Leafs vs Chicago Blackhawks

As the Toronto Maple Leafs gear up for the Chicago Blackhawks, it appears likely that goaltender James Reimer will be available for the contest. While it isn’t believed that he will get the start over Jonathan Bernier against the defending Stanley Cup champions, it’s still great news for the Leafs that they’ll get Reimer back sooner rather than later.

The collision with teammate Josh Leivo was eerily similar to an incident back in 2011, though that contact was with a member of the opposing team. Brian Gionta elbowed the goaltenders head on this play, and the injury forced Reimer to miss 18 games as he battled whiplash-like symptoms (loosely translated to concussion symptoms).

And the Leivo incident…

Reimer missed three days of action after the Gionta contact, and wasn’t the same all year after the occurrence, so it’s encouraging to see him out on the ice again so soon. He claims that he wanted to remain in the game despite the knee to the head from his own teammate, but league protocol and team doctors forced him out.


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