With news hitting the airwaves yesterday afternoon that Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer and Toronto Marlies forward Jeremy Morin had been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for netminder Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 (becomes a third if SJ reaches the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals), a new era between the pipes in Toronto is all but certain. With Reimer garnering the lions share of the work in the cage this season, it appears as if the Maple Leafs will be looking to move on from Jonathan Bernier in the not so distant future, clearing a path for one or both of netminders Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau (both playing with the Marlies this season) to eventually assume the role as Toronto’s number one goalie. One things for certain, newly acquired
With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline just a few days away (Monday, February 29th to be exact), rumors are circulating that Toronto Maple Leafs forward P.A. Parenteau will be on the move. A former ninth round selection (#264) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Parenteau (who has 15 goals and 15 assists through 58 games played with the Maple Leafs this season) has exceeded expectations, both in his career and in terms of his output this season, putting together a 405 game NHL career, tallying 96 goals and 161 assists for a total of 257 points. While Parenteau’s numbers will leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to making the NHL’s Hall of Fame, they are good for a former ninth round pick. The Maple Leafs will be seeking a draft pick/s or
Recently, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman went on the record and said that he had no intention of trading Steven Stamkos before the deadline. “As February 29th approaches, I am stating today that Steven Stamkos will not be traded before the NHL’s trade deadline. I have said repeatedly that it is our hope to reach an agreement with Steven on a new contract at some point, and with 27 games remaining in the season, our entire organization, Steven included, wants to focus on making the playoffs. “I will keep the negotiating process strictly between the involved parties and have no further comment on the state of those negotiations.” Yzerman’s statement cleared up his intentions in terms of Stamkos for the short term, but with the Lightning and Stamkos failing to get a contract signed, the feeling is that
When former General Manager Brian Burke was let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs organization, it made for a busy summer for incumbent Dave Nonis. One of the decisions Nonis had to make was whether or not goaltender James Reimer had a future with the Maple Leafs. That summer, both Reimer (who had asked the Maple Leafs to explore trade options) and the Maple Leafs were looking to part ways, but a trade never developed, leaving Reimer and the Maple Leafs with each other. Attempts to trade Reimer (who stands 6’2 and weighs in at 217 pounds) proved futile which, in the end, led Nonis to sign the man nicknamed “Optimus Reim” to a two-year, $4.6 million (U.S.) contract. Reimer received $2.6 million in the first year of his deal, followed by $2 million in 2015-16, carrying a $2.3 million
With the 2015-16 trade deadline quickly approaching, Toronto Maple Leaf fans have their attention firmly set on the 2016 NHL Entry Draft Lottery. Currently, the Maple Leafs sit 29th in the League standings (based on winning percentage) and, with the team clearly in full “tank” mode, the Leafs’ brass seems to have every intention of securing the 30th spot. If the Maple Leafs should finish last in the NHL standings, they would stand a good chance at landing highly touted prospect, Auston Matthews. Toronto hasn’t had a first line centre of consequence since the departure of Mats Sundin. At 6’2 and 194 pounds, Matthews is known as a skilled player that can skate like the wind and has the ability to put up points, seemingly at will. Matthews has all the attributes to be a dominant number one centre at
With his team currently marred in a four game losing streak and his personal success in the proverbial toilet, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to come to terms with the fact that hoisting any sort of trophy is out of the question for quite some time.
Well, Leaf fans, we cannot put all the blame on James Reimer, but he certainly needs to share the load of “poop” that is being hurled at the team right now.
Phil Kessel’s frustration last night said it all— he, like millions of fans, is just plain fed up with the countless mistakes (of which Kessel is guilty too) that happen night-in, night-out.
Basic plays, seemingly simple for midget players to execute are being misplayed. Giveaways continue to be a major issue. Defensive coverage is little more than a rumor and giving up 35+ shots a night is now the norm rather than the exception.
While every player on the Maple Leafs roster has a measure of blame on their shoulders for Toronto’s recent slide in the standings, the growing belief is that Reimer is the weakest link in the chain.
So, are the fans of the Blue and White correct, or are they simply unfairly spewing their venom on Reimer?
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers…