Report: Reimer to miss at least one start

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not have No. 1 goaltender James Reimer for their game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

TSN is reporting that Reimer, 23, will miss Monday’s showdown after suffering a minor neck injury in the early stages of Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win at Montreal. Reimer’s head made contact with the right elbow of Canadiens captain Brian Gionta in the first minute of the game. He managed to finish the period before meeting with team doctors during the intermission, when it was then ruled that he wouldn’t finish the game.

Jonas Gustavsson made 15 saves in relief of Reimer and would likely get the start against the Flyers if the latter is unable to play. Reimer did not skate with the Leafs on Sunday in Philadelphia and is considered day-to-day.

Reimer is off to a 4-0-1 start this season with a 2.58 goals against average and .912 save percentage.

“I’d be shocked if it was anything more than a couple days,” Reimer told TSN. “But you never know. It is looking better because I am lot better today than I was yesterday.

40 Responses to Report: Reimer to miss at least one start

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    I've got a feeling the leafs are going to lose a high scoring affair against the flyers tonight.

    Gus doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the boys in front of him, but they'll have to take chances for that very reason.

    Philly isn't a team to be beat without scoring more than a couple goals, and the leafs know that. Realistically they need 3-5 goals just to be in it: no Reimer and a pretty potent offense to contend with.

    The leafs have been almost as offensively prolific as the orange and black (1 less GF in the same number of games) and not quite as good in their own end (leafs have 4 more GA). It's unfortunate that no one has confidence in The Monster, although perhaps getting that win under his belt will get him going. Although his 9GA in 2 games (5.33 GAA with a .852 save%) doesn't exactly inspire much faith in his abilities, he will need to be decent to leave any room for a win tonight.

    We shall see.

  2. 93killer93 says:

    HockeyBreak is reporting that Tampa Bay has shown interest in several Leafs defensemen.

    Also does anyone think the Leafs draft Dane Phaneuf this year? He's playing with the PEI rockets in the Q and likely will be available late in the draft.  
  3. JoelLeafs says:

    Komisarek for St. Louis? heh.

    On a less serious note: you serious about that question? Because I think it might be a tad too early to answer that… just a tad.

    E: sorry, been in the library all day – a bit grumpy.

  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    So how long does everyone figure the leash is on Gus tonight? I mean if Wilson allows another shelling, what is done? Does Burke go nuts on him? Sadly, I just don't have a good feeling about tonights game.

  5. reinjosh says:
    I douby they draft him. He's played two games over three years in the CHL and is -5. He's not going to get drafted at all. 
  6. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, considering his 9 GA in 2 GP (5.33  .852 so far…) I'd say pretty short.

    Ideal situation: Gus gets a shutout.
    Another idealish situation*: Gus lets 3-4 goals in the first, Scrivens gets put in at the start of the 2nd, and shuts the door, leading to a dramatic Leafs OT winner by, I dunno, Phaneuf, or someone unlikely like Fratton or Gardner.

    Although I have a feeling the leafs will be split between trying to collapse and protect The Monster, and trying to be overly aggressive to make up for the s!it goals against. That is how they played in the pre Reimer days over the last few seasons… we all know how well the Leafs do when there isn't much confidence in the keeper… oiy.

    *I've got 4 philly players in my pool, so this situation works out well for me 😉

  7. 93killer93 says:

    I think the Leafs should sign Turco to a 1 year deal.

  8. blaze says:

    I dont care where the rest of Leaf Nation is at, but Im not ready to give up on Goose (I like Goose way more than Monster, dumb). Hes got boatloads of talent after dealing with multiple heart surgeries and the death of his parents his confidence is shot. Im willing to give him a few chances yet to break out and show what he can do. if not though Scrivens looks good too.

  9. dumbassdoorman says:

    But how many chances do you give him? How many times can you know you need to play the back up, but can't cause you know the team doesn't think it can win. They should have signed Conklin in the off-season and let Gus play in the AHL and battle for lots of minutes.

  10. JoelLeafs says:

    Could be a god solution. The problem is that the leafs are deep in net, but not experience-wise. Reimer is the clear number one, but numbers 2-4 are all in similar situations: they likely can't be relied upon for an extended Reimer absence. With Turco, they are much better prepared to deal with a medium or long-term injury situation. Although the success of Reimer thus far does inject some excitement and hope with bringing up on of the other kids. Creates a problem of what to do with Gus, but that's a issue we can bridge once we can see the water.

    I still don't really get why they didn't give Giggy a 1 year extension. Considering the experience he brings tot he table ad how well Reimer developed with him, it just seemed to make sense to bring him back for one year.


  11. mojo19 says:

    It would be huge if Monster could get the win in Philly, I'm not too confident about it, but Gustavsson has had a few stretches over the last couple years where he's played well enough. Hopefully Reimer can get healthy and Gustavsson can hold his own until then….

  12. mojo19 says:

    I like the Turco idea. And at this point, you figure you could get him on a cheap 1 year contract.

  13. reinjosh says:

    I don't even think its an issue of his play. He's usually not terrible but he has one bad game in about every 3 starts (where the two other starts will be decent starts but losses). The issue is the tema confidence in him. They just don't play well in front of him. Hopefully that changes but so far the trend continues. The team was lackadaisical in front of him in Boston but he played decently.  

  14. blaze says:

    I don't but into that at all really. I think that gets thrown around way too much. Sure maybe they have more confidence in Reimer to make the save, but do you think Kessel is going to play shaky because Gustavsson is in net? Is Kulimen going to forget about offense and backcheck all night because Reimer isn't there? No.

    To a man everyone is going to play hard and play there game regardless of who is in net.

  15. reinjosh says:

    I disagree with you. Have you ever tried playing a game with a goalie that you can't depend on? It forces you to play a completely different game. Confidence in your goalie is huge and it really can make your game drastically different. 

    Kulemin would be a perfect example. He would be forced to play a more defensive game, as would dman who play a more breakout game. 
  16. blaze says:

    I really don't see a big difference at all. If you have a star goalie who you trust completely maybe it buys you a few more chances on players taking gambles but overall I disagree the team changes how they play. On a minute level sure, but overall the team still has a style they play and they stick to it.

  17. Steven_Leafs says:

    Dane hasn't really done anything at all. He may get drafted as a 19 or 20 year old but definitely not this season.

  18. Steven_Leafs says:

    I know one thing, you give him longer than 2 starts and 3 weeks into the year. You give this guy at least a few months, don't dump him for nothing just to get a veteran backup that hasn't even been playing yet.

  19. mapleleafsfan says:

    It's still in the back of your mind… if you don't have faith in someone on the ice you play more hesitantly.. You just get caught over thinking because you can't relax… Playing real hockey with a bad goalie absolutely sucks. Ruins momentum.

  20. blaze says:

    Yep, Kessel is on pins and needles because maybe Gustavsson lets in a bad goal? Nice game tonight for Gus despite the loss.

  21. mapleleafsfan says:

    Yep, kessel is the only one on the team.

  22. reinjosh says:

    Yes because I explicitly said that the whole team would come over with it. And you know as well as I do that goal was as much luck as it was his wrister. 

    Regardless, there is a reason Gustavsson can't win games and it sure as hell has more to do with the team than him being a bad goalie. Just like tonight, he plays fine but the team in front of him doesn't put up an effort.  
  23. mojo19 says:

    Ya I was thinking Turco would be a good goalie if Reimer's injury ends up being worse than we think. Turco can take some heat off of Monster.

  24. mojo19 says:

    Gustavsson played really great tonight. Can't blame him for the loss.

    Nazem Kadri was shining against Montreal, but he was by far our worst player against Philly. Also, I don't consider Mike Komisarek to be a "player" anymore. I was wrong to give this guys a 2nd chance, he's had a couple good games, and few really bad games. That's not acceptable. We need him to be better, or else Ron Wilson has to limit his ice time like in the Jets game. Wilson makes me scratch my head sometimes.

  25. dumbassdoorman says:

    I did not see the game, however read the team played heartless. It may have just been a poor outing by a young team or it could have been a team that thought it had zero chance to win? I guess time will tell, however missing the playoffs or watching a tired goalie in them, would suck because the team felt it couldn't play it's back up keeper.

  26. blaze says:

    Gustavsson had a strong game last night and overall the Leafs wern't bad. Absolutely the effort was there last night, the only called it quits after the last Jagr goal, pretty deflating.

    Other than a few defensive breakdowns I thought that was a pretty solid road game against a good team. If Frattin sniped that goal near the end on a nice pass from Kadri it would've been a different ending.

  27. blaze says:

    I didn't think Kadri played that badly. Wasn't his best game but he still dished out a couple of high skill passes that very few on the Leafs could make. He set up Frattin for a partial break near the end of the third that could've been a game changer.

    As for Komo ya it's dissapointing. How does Jagr get that many breakaways? What are the stipulations on Komo's NMC can he be sent to the minors or is a healthy scratch the only option. I think I was one of the only few who was with you on giving him another chance but it's obvious he's not a good fit on this team. Wilson's offensive style needs more mobility from the blueliners, Komo can't pinch at the offensive blueline, he's brutal. Aulie could plug into Komo's exact role and actually skate, not handle the puck like a grenade and take less stupid penalties. Too bad as I had hoped he would bounce back this year.

    As for Gus I thought he showed some flashes of what he's capable of, good game. Down low he looks fantastic getting his legs across to shut the door.

  28. blaze says:

    I disagree overall for a big portions of the game I thought the Leafs outplayed Philly. An unsual amount of high sticking calls put them on the PK quite a bit early. Really the 3 Jagr breakaways we're back breaking. It was a really rough night for Komisarek.

  29. reinjosh says:

    Fair points. i just can't help but think, that if that were Reimer in net, the team wouldn't have deflated after the 2nd Jagr goal. 

  30. reinjosh says:

    Agreed, Kadri wasn't terrible at all. He showed some nice offensive skill. Wasn't his best but wasn't his worst at all and he wasn't at all the worst on the ice.

    Maybe I'm being to hard on Gus after Montreal. He was pretty good last night and I suppose he hasn't exactly had a lot of development time since he had his heart surgeries. 
  31. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i read from twitter (hockeybreak) that ryan johanson could be had for a young stud defenceman… ive always been high on this kid and having him and colborne coming up in the system down the middle would be great too have. If we cant trade our defence into something that can help us now.. i wouldnt mind going after johanson. I think aulie for him would be fair. I think franson for him would be an overpayment tho.  Maybe a big trade that would send us johanson and brassard for franson, gunnarson, and jussi rynass ?  (columbus could use a goalie prospect as well.. steve mason hasnt been great) Although if this deal is done, i would think another trade would be coming from the enormous center depth we would have. bozak,steckel, lombardi, connolly, grabovski, brassard, colborne, johanson, boyce.. ya we would have a great surplus of centers that can play at the nhl level or almost ready to play. 

  32. mapleleafsfan says:

    Aulie for johansen straight up? Are you crazy?

    He's their best prospect
    He's a future first line center.. If I could do franson for him I would in a second
  33. dumbassdoorman says:

    I would trade Aulie or Franson plus plus for him….lol…might even trade them both for him and I love our blueline depth. he is too good to pass up…..way too good

  34. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    haha clearly im underating johanson then, i havent seen much of him besides world juniors and a little preseason action,  if hes that good then what other team will be willing to give up as good of d prospects like franson and aulie besides us? johansons a big body so im thinking win win for each team. although if johansons as good as you say, i would think a first line of carter johanson nash would be deadly. Correct me if im wrong but isnt johanson a playmaker type center too ?

  35. mojo19 says:

    Oh man, on the 2nd Jagr goal (the one that put us away) Steckel goes to the bench on the change, Liles had led the rush, and Kadri comes off the bench for Steckel and instead of covering for Liles who was working down low, Kadri rushes over to where we already had TWO PLAYERS on the far boards, and its an automatic breakaway for Jagr….. Brutal heads up hockey from Kadri.

    No doubt Kadri was skating well and was tough on the puck, and to the untrained eye it might have appeared he was "working hard out there", but if you watched, and I mean really watched his positional play all night, he was brutal, and the result was that the Leafs were hemmed in every time he was out there. Philly had so many passing options. Its kind of like we were short handed. If you guys didn't see this then I really have to question whether you were really paying attention.

    The Jagr goal was an inevitability with the way Kadri was playing, and especially when Wilson flipped him over to play center mid-way through the game. Huge mistake again by Wilson.

  36. dumbassdoorman says:

    I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I would rather have him then Schenn and  RNHm I think he is the most complete player of the 3.

  37. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i disagree with RNH, he has the abilitly to be a star, hes almost 30 pounds lighter then most the nhl and still doing very well for a rookie, once he grows into his body he'll be very good. he has all the tools, and his hockey IQ is incredible. schenn.. im not too sold on, and johanson looked better then him in the world juniors IMO 

  38. dumbassdoorman says:

    I said complete, Johansen is more sound defensively IMO, I think RNH has a higher offensive ceiling though. And he may never fully grow into his body

  39. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah he would be a solid signing to cover Reimer while he heals.

  40. blaze says:

    Ya I guess you're right he was running around a bit out there. He really didn't get much ice time I'm sure he had to be one of the lowest on the team. As for the Jagr goal I didn't realize it was Kadri who came on but despite his poor positioning Jagr changed after he did. No one on the ice seem to notice Jagr sneak out on the ice until it was too late.

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