Well, things have not gone well for James Reimer the past two games. After winning two of the games in the Toronto Maple Leafs six-game win streak, Reimer can’t seem to have a good game.
Reimer had essentially been stapled to the bench for a considerable time prior to the past two weeks. Now that he has two games where he wasn’t able to play well, not enabling him to bring back the Leafs 1A and 1B goalie system, things only seem to be unraveling for the young Manitoba native.
In Dallas, Reimer had the chance to come in to the game after Jonathan Bernier had been pulled. He then allowed one more goal than Bernier in the Leafs 7-1 loss.
In his home province of Manitoba, Reimer got the start. For the second straight game, Reimer gave up for goals. He was pulled with the score 4-1 in favor of Bernier. The Leafs then fought their way back to tie the game, ultimately losing in overtime.
Reimer is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is arbitration eligible. If the Leafs and Reimer can’t come to agreement, Reimer could get a raise from his current $1.8 million cap hit. If the Leafs disagree with a raise, then it’s highly possible that they will trade him.
Reimer came out of nowhere to become the Leafs starter in the 2010-11 season. In the following seasons, he battled injuries that limited his number of starts. It all led to him leading the Leafs to the playoffs last season for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
Then the Leafs went out and acquired Bernier in the off-season, putting Reimer’s career with the Leafs into question. With Reimer’s play in the beginning of the season, the Leafs had a great tandem. Now however, Reimer’s play has slipped and his future with the Leafs has never been in so much doubt.