With the injury that Jonathan Bernier suffered last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs may have a huge opportunity. That opportunity is directly linked to how well they do while James Reimer mans the net until Bernier is back healthy.
The Leafs are more than likely going to trade Reimer sometime in the off-season, possibly at the NHL Draft. The question has always been: What would the Leafs get in return?
Their has always been speculation that the Leafs would want a premium return for Reimer as he almost single handedly brought the Leafs to Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs. However, with the way he has played this season at times, that may not be possible at the moment.
Reimer played 40 minutes of shutout hockey last night after Bernier left the game. If Reimer can play like he did last night and last season over the next week or so, Reimer could play his way into the minds of some of the NHL’s General Managers. Leafs’ General Manager Dave Nonis would love nothing more than that happening.
Reimer could net the Leafs almost anything from draft picks to prospects to players already in the NHL. If Reimer plays great in the next couple of weeks and the Leafs improve their standing in the Eastern Conference, the Leafs might have their choice of what they want in return.
There is also the possibility of Reimer being packaged with another player in an effort to pick up a top four defenseman or that ever-elusive real No. 1 center.