Leafs’ Reimer feeling better, set to return ‘soon’

Saying he has felt “99 per cent for 30 days,” Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes to return to the lineup “soon.”

“The symptoms are getting better or almost gone. I think it’s just a matter now of getting back into shape,” Reimer said. “I’ve felt great the last five days. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Reimer was speaking precisely a month removed from the Oct. 22 collision with Brian Gionta in Montreal that sent Reimer’s mask flying and put him out of action with what the club has since referred to as whiplash and concussion-like symptoms.

While both he and coach Ron Wilson said there is no timeline for his return to the crease, Wilson said Tuesday that “it’s not going to be a long time. It’s going to be a short time.”

On Tuesday, Reimer worked out with goalie coach Francois Allaire for almost two hours, the latest in a handful of on-ice sessions geared toward getting Reimer back into game shape.

Reimer said that, because his concussion-like symptoms left him unable to elevate his heart rate for most of the past four weeks, his conditioning has taken “a hit.” Being on the ice, mind you, has been a godsend.

“It’s feels great. It’s really sucked being out. It’s been frustrating and stuff. But it feels great to get back on (the ice),” Reimer said.

“That’s what I love to do — stop pucks. I love to have fun out there. To get back to doing what I love to do, it’s been a lot of fun.”