After making his first career NHL start on January 1 of this year, James Reimer impressed Toronto Maple Leafs brass enough to earn a three-year contract reportedly worth $1.8 million per season.
I believe some congratulations are in order, so, congrats James. A few months ago I dogged Reimer and said that Toronto should have been playing Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the latter stages of the regular season in order to increase their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. I stand by what I wrote in March because it was based on recent form, and while we’ll never know what Giguere would have done, we do know that Reimer did not lead the Leafs to the eight seed.
But it was hardly the rookie goalie’s fault, and I want to say that I’m happy for the young guy getting a big boy contract. I will be rooting for him to do well, as I do for almost every player in the league. Reimer has his shot to stick now, and the Leafs have potentially signed a long-term starting goaltender for dimes on the dollar. If Reimer doesn’t work out, it’s still only $1.8 million per year and the contract is up in the summer of 2014. If he does work out, then the Leafs will improve while carrying one of the cheapest starting goalies in the league. Well done to both sides.