Mar 23, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason (8) and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) watch as a shot by New Jersey Devils right wing Damien Brunner (12) gets by Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) for a goal during first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NHL rumors: James Reimer requests trade from Toronto Maple Leafs

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James Reimer’s time with the Toronto Maple Leafs may be coming to an end as Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports the goaltender requested a trade this month. It’s unclear how hard Toronto will work to meet that demand, but Kypreos says the team may have already began talks during the draft earlier this week.

Reimer, 26, emerged as the Maple Leafs’ starting goaltender during the 2012-13 season, starting all seven playoff games for the team that year. His time as the prime guy in Toronto didn’t last long, however, as the team went out and acquired Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings during the 2013 draft.

After starting the season sharing duties in goal for the Leafs, Reimer eventually lost the competition to Bernier and ended up in the backup role. He finished the season with some pretty mediocre numbers across the board, including a 12-16-1 record, .911 save percentage and 3.26 GAA.

With Bernier seemingly entrenched as Toronto’s starter entering next season, Reimer appears to want out rather than continue being a backup, despite that shaky performance. Whether he’ll actually find another starting gig elsewhere is hard to say, but given that he’s a restricted free agent this summer, now may be the time for Toronto to cut ties.

According to Kypreos, the Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets may have discussed a trade involving Reimer during the draft, so there’s at least one possible suitor if the teams want to re-visit those talks. Toronto may already have a replacement in mind, too, as Pro Hockey Talk writes that Martin Brodeur already spoke with the team.

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  • Tennis Newz

    I could see Winnipeg possibly getting him but don’t think they’d give up much of anything to get him. With how Hutchinson has been playing this year I don’t really know where Reimer would fit in if they still have confidence in Pavelec. And Reimer hasn’t really been any more consistent than Pavelec so this wouldn’t really be a guaranteed upgrade. Winnipeg’s real goaltending talent is coming up through the system. Bringing in another goalie might just slow them down.

    • Andrew

      Reimer has performed much better than Pavelec over the past couple of years, look at the stats. Not to mention Reimer has had more pressure than any other goalie in the league over that time (facing like 35 shots per night). Reimer’s performance hurt down the stretch this year because of his situation. He would be a real upgrade for Winnipeg and I think they’d get a lot out of him if he knew he was the #1. Reimer is not the most technical goaltender, but he is very athletic and has a huge heart. I think he’d be even more heart heavy playing in front of his hometown crowd. My guess is that Winnipeg and Toronto are probably discussing a bigger deal of which Reimer might be part of a package. Things have been disturbingly quiet in Toronto (very uncommon this time of year). Having heard that Evander Kane could be available, I wonder if Toronto is inquiring on that front. Kane would fill a void on Toronto’s very under-sized second line. Obviously, Reimer is no way near enough to get someone like Kane, but I wonder if Lupul, Franson, and Reimer might be enough. I’m not from Winnipeg so I don’t know how desperate they are to get rid of him, but I;m sure the two teams have kicked tires on several potential deals and I imagine his name would have been discussed – he fills an obvious void on the undersized TO front six (only big skilled forward Leafs have is JVR).

  • Azziya Khan

    The jets do need to provide Pavelec with a good goalie to get him too push his limits but if this deal were to be executed, Mason Raymond would be in the deal. Based on the Jets needs for secondary scoring. Mason Raymond seems like a good fit into the jets line up. He had a good season compared to his last 3 seasons putting up 19 goals 26 assist and 45 points. This would be the best time for the jets to pick up Raymond especially after his bounce back season. With Leafs already having Roman Polak they don’t really need any defense but could use a grinder like the Toronto native himself Matt Halischuck. Matt provides a good two-way game. If you have seen Toronto play they need help winning that battle for the puck along the boards in the offensive zone and defensive zone, and that’s one of the qualities that Matt Halischuck posses as a two-way grinding type of player. The only downside of Reimer going to Winnipeg is the poor performance that he had this past season. So in conclusion if this deal were to happen it would Reimer & Raymond in exchange for Pavelec & Halischuck.

    • A13276

      Raymond is a UFA.

  • A13276

    I’d take a bag of pucks for Reimer right now; just get him out of TO; his sulking was a big distraction last season. The guy is not a stiff but he pails in comparison to Bernier’s talent and form. His stock is not very high right now so Nonis might decide to wait.