If the Edmonton Oilers were looking to scout James Reimer, they got a firsthand look at what the goaltender is capable of doing on October 29. Reimer shut out Edmonton and earned a 4-0 victory in his sixth game of the season. Toronto’s kind-of No. 2 goalie is 4-0 and has been spectacular in his limited action.
He’s allowed one goal or fewer in three of his contests, and managed to win 5-4 against the Ottawa Senators on October 10. Reimer’s .957 save percentage is is outstanding, and with a goalie performing like that, the Oilers might actually be a playoff team.
Darren Dreger spoke recently about Edmonton’s possible interest in Reimer.
Dreger “I’m sure the Oilers are interested in Reimer, but it’s way too early for the Leafs to consider moving him”
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) October 30, 2013
It’s too early for the Leafs to move him because the season is so young, but if the Oilers blew Toronto out of the water with an offer, could they still salvage their season? Edmonton has received a ton of interest in prospect Oscar Klefbom, but haven’t been willing to move him for help on defense or in net.
At some juncture this season the Oilers are going to have to cut a youngster or two lose if they want to have any chance of making the playoffs. They’re the only team in the Western Conference that has yet to hit double-digit point totals in the standings are stand four games out of eighth place.
If they’re going to try and shake things up via trade, that boot should probably fall sooner rather than later. The Oilers are drowning, but the addition of an outstanding young goalie like Reimer could be exactly the life raft that the team needs.