Toronto Maple Leafs: Reimer hopes to reclaim role as starter

James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier last summer, it became immediately obvious that James Reimer was under the gun to retain his role as the team’s undisputed number one goaltender.

With 53 games done and over with, newcomer Bernier has gradually taken over as top netminder for the Leafs, starting 12 of the club’s last 16 games. Throughout the club’s recent six game winning streak, it was Bernier who manned the blue paint for the bulk of the success. Reimer’s role on the team is being diminished, it’s plain to see. But tonight, in his home town, Reimer will start for the Leafs with aspirations of winning back his net.

TSN reporter Jonas Siegel caught up with Reimer yesterday and asked him a few questions about the goaltender’s current relegation to second string. Reimer said:

“Your end goal is to be the guy and you want that, but you’ve got to focus on everyday what I need to do so that that can happen. It’s like I want to win the Cup, but it’s not like every day I hit the ice I’m going to win the CUp. I want to win the Cup, but when I hit the ice it’s what do I need to do to be the best I can be. And if you focus on that everyday then eventually the Cup will come.”

Quote courtesy of TSN. Read full article here.

The Leafs play the Jets tonight in Winnipeg. Reimer will start the game under immense pressure. If he wins decisively, his chance to play again soon becomes greatly increased, however, anything less than a top notch performance and the Leafs number two may be riding the pine again, for another lengthy stretch of games.

The Jets have won four of their last five, enjoying a recent surge under new head coach Paul Maurice.