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.”


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

  1. toronto77 says:

    I could see him being similar to Macarthur but not Armstrong. I don't think he is a big hitter and very physical guy like armstrong, but he can probably shield the puck well with his body. I think D'Amigo will be a mix of MaCarthur's speed and skill and with Kulemin's toughness. Even though Kuley isn't scoring any goals right now, he is still one of our better two-way forwards.

  2. toronto77 says:

    Depending on how the kings do this season, I would make a push for Richards.


    If the asking price is too high than try and sign Parise in the off season which would cost us nothing but salary, wouldn't have to give up any picks or prospects.

  3. reinjosh says:

    I sincerely doubt the Kings move Richards so soon after acquiring him. Not only is he playing up to hype, he fixed a need they had for a 2nd line center, and they gave up a top prospect for him. He isn't being move, as much as I'd love him. 

  4. mojo19 says:

    Yushkevich actually wore an 'A' for the World team at the All-Star game that year.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Its amazing what a slow start will do for a guy. Great observation hockey_lover. Also, this is the worst time to trade Kulemin, he's struggling. These are the times you get fleeced and give away a good player.

    Best thing to do is to just hope he comes out of it sooner than later. Kulemin has more potential value to the Leafs right now then he has value on the trade market. Anyone disagree with that?

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