SIEGEL: MAPLE LEAFS' REIMER OUT FOR FORESEEABLE FUTURE
James Reimer remains out for the foreseeable future.
The Leafs starting netminder has not played in two weeks and did not take part in practice on Friday as the team altered its course in his recovery process yet again.
“[He's] kind of I’d say hit a plateau in his recovery so the trainers decided not to ask him to go on the ice,” said Ron Wilson, following the team’s workout at Mastercard Centre.
The Leafs have received solid netminding in his absence.
Jonas Gustavsson made five consecutive starts in place of the injured Reimer (3-2-0) before giving way to rookie Ben Scrivens on Thursday night. The 25-year-old Scrivens made 38 saves in his NHL debut, backstopping the Leafs to a 4-1 win, their ninth in thirteen games this season. The sturdy performance of the duo has allowed the club to keep Reimer from rushing back to action, although the ups and downs of his recuperation have made his status somewhat of a mystery.
“If he’s not going to face a lot of shots it’s better for him to just work out off the ice,” continued Wilson. “I’m just coaching the next game. I’m not concerned about that. I’m not a doctor or a trainer. We’ve got the healthy guys and they’re doing the job so we’ll give James plenty of time to recover.
“There’s no rush to get him back.”