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Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Has James Reimer Played Himself Out Of Toronto?


The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost five games in row. They are barely hanging onto a playoff spot. A lot of people would say that the player who bares the most responsibility is goaltender James Reimer.

Now, of course, others will say that the Leafs haven’t played at all well in front of him. That is true, but great and even good goalies can keep their teams in games until they can get it together. The Leafs other goalie, Jonathan Bernier, seems to be a goalie who can do that on numerous occasions.

With the way things are going right now, from Reimer’s agent on Twitter to Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle saying that Reimer was “just OK”, the Leafs look to be on the road to distancing themselves from Reimer. As he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, he will probably ask for a trade so he can get a fresh start somewhere else.

Reimer has done a lot of good things for the Leafs over his short career with the team. However, it looks like that time is coming to an end. If the Leafs miss the playoffs, it will be all but assured.

What do you think?

Has James Reimer Played Himself Out Of Toronto?

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  • Tim Bayer

    I think he probably will get traded, and trading him will be a mistake.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      I’m not sure it would be a mistake. I think Drew MacIntrye could be a serviceable backup behind Bernier. It’s just unfortunate that the way Reimer is playing right now, the return in a trade won’t be that much unless he’s part of a package.

      • Tim Bayer

        Reimer’s track record suggests he’s a legitimate starter. He’s only a year removed from a .924 season in which he dragged this team kicking and screaming into the playoffs. At this point, I don’t think you can definitively say Bernier is better than Reimer. Goalies almost never net you a good return in a trade. And rolling the dice on MacIntyre, who I like but has never even started a game before, would be a huge risk. Especially with the amount of shots this team allows on a nightly basis.

  • D.WAdair

    Maybe Carlyle will go and Reimer will stay as a back up. He is not a starter and need to realize that

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      I could see a scenario in which both of them are gone. Reimer wants to be a starter and I think he could be in a market that doesn’t have that much media scrutiny. If the Leafs losing streak gets any longer, Carlyle could also face the axe.

      • Tim Bayer

        What does the media have to do with it?

        • Jeffrey Langridge

          Look at Luongo… All those years in Vancouver, you could tell he wasn’t all that into all the questions and all the media pressure there. Now that he’s in Florida, have you really heard anything. He’s happy. One of the reasons is there’s not that much media there, at least not as much as Vancouver. Reimer could be in the same boat.

          • Tim Bayer

            I thought Lu was fine with the media. The issue there was his relationship with the organization soured. People make too big a deal out of the media. Kessel certainly isn’t a media darling but he seems to do just fine playing here.