The season might be over for the Toronto Maple Leafs but two Leafs aren’t done playing just yet.
Although this is probably not where they would like to be playing in the coming weeks, seeing as that the Leafs missed the playoffs, but the chance to represent your country is hard to turn down. Also, for both players, this will give them an extra shot to strut their stuff, especially Reimer.
Reimer had a disappointing season to say the least. If he plays well at the Worlds, he could very well improve his stock around the league. If Reimer is to be traded this off-season, the Leafs would definitely want to get more than they would get based on his play this season. If another NHL team is pleased by his performance, they might be willing to give up more.
For Rielly, this is just another chance to show what he can do. As he will probably be one of the youngest players on the team, this will also give him a chance to soak up some experience from veterans on the team. That could help him develop and be a lot better as soon as next season.
Two Maple Leafs will be trading in their blue-and-white maple leaf for a red-and-white version. Let’s hope they can repeat the performance of Team Canada from the Olympics.