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.”


  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    Well they say teams get stronger from facing adversity. So, I guess it is a goodthing it comes early for these young Leafs. Playing well through this will only help them during the dogs days of the season and crunch time near the end fighting for precious points in the playoff race.

  2. JoelLeafs says:

    Starting Big Ben again tonight. Although I'd do the same, this seems odd. Hasn't Gus earned this starts? This won't be good for his confidence.

  3. Steven_Leafs says:

    Gustavsson let in 6 goals against Boston on their last game and since Scrivens did so well they might as well start him.

  4. hockey_lover says:

    Does every Toronto goalie get his own nickname, despite never having done anything to deserve one?

    Big Ben, The Monster, Optimus Reim. 

    Is it an automatic thing for a TO goalie?

  5. JoelLeafs says:

    If the shoe fits.

  6. LeafFansAreGay says:

    Whats happening with the laffs? already 3-0!!!!!!!!

    The Beasts of the East are teaching the maple laffs a lesson. Again

    This is getting ugly. Call off the game. Throw in the towel.

    The Bruins are proving why their champs. The laffs are proving why they suck.

  7. LeafFansAreGay says:

    5-0 now!!!!! Seguin gets a hat trick in laffs home ice. What is happening?

  8. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I'm right now at a lost for words.

    Like really? This was a statement game for them and they blew it, did not even show up…again?

    I'm reading into this loss huge…Demoralizing.

  9. lafleur10 says:

    yeah the goalie in tonights game is nick named ben sievens

  10. LeafFansAreGay says:

    Wow man, 7-0!!!!!! What happened? Very sad news for laffs fans.

    This is only a small taste. The Bruins are only getting warmed up. I can't wait for the next Bruins-Laffs game.

  11. lafleur10 says:

    you as a leafs fan are worrying too much ! you can't win every game ,and every team has 1 of those type of games every now and then! but it is embarassing when you are at home and it's on h.n.i.c. i wasn't watch that game of course i was watchibg our game against the rangers but a friend called me and told me that phaneuf hit chara and he left the game for a bit was this true?

  12. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:

    Funny how we are still staring down at you from the top of the conference. 

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I don't mind losing like that to a Washington, not Boston.

    But this was an ample opportunity to hit the Bruins while their down and the Leafs blew it.

    To take the next step, this team needs to start winning divisional games. 3-3 right now wont cut it.

    I don't think it was Chara…He killed Kelly pretty much.

  14. lafleur10 says:

    well teams do have games like that it was unfortunate it was against boston,however washington could do that at will to pretty much any team they want on any given night! look at philadelphia they lose 9-8 to the jets and hammer the bluejackets 9-2,however i think columbus will get beat like that often this season,or at least until they fire their coach and g.m. or mason decides to play like an nhl goalie and not a beer leaguer! i sure wish that phanuef or somebody would've hit chara and hurt that big  goof for what he did to pacioretty last season,because as they say what goes around,comes around! i think ln91 that your leafs need reimer back because if you have to continue to rely on bustavsson or scrivens for a real long stretch thegood start you guys are on will be for not! i know those 2 are playing well right now but they both won't continue that and they will cost you points and games eventually! it's like us losing price  if we lose him for a long stretch and have to rely on budaj we're done.

  15. LeafFansAreGay says:

    Points are just numbers. The Bruins are now starting to try.

  16. LeafFansAreGay says:

    The laffs got a lot to worry. They suck. Did you see tonight's game? It was a lynching like Gaddafi.

  17. reinjosh says:

    That was just an abysmal game. Just brutal. Free beer and free food was pretty much the highlight of my night. The whole team was just bad. I don't really even fault Scrivens for some of those goals. You can't let the Bruins in alone like 4 or 5 times. 

    Gardiner is impressive. The dude is just playing well. Even tonight. He's confident and he's smart of the ice. Were going to be hearing about him alot soon enough. 
  18. hockey_lover says:

    Actually, while points ARE just numbers, pretty much every team in the league (except 1) has more "numbers" than your team.

    No, they arent "just starting to try." The stink right now. They have no major injuries. They are playing poorly. They are in the bottom half in the league in almost every category. Thomas isnt playing AT ALL like he was last year.

    Can they turn it around? Sure. Will they? Who knows.  But when you are in last place in the conference and 2nd last in the league, gloating is generally something you shouldnt do. Sort of makes you look like an idiot.

  19. LeafsFTW17 says:

    How good is Seguin? Wow.  All 3 of his goals were nice, first one was a Stamkos like one T, second showed crazy eye-hand cordination and the 3rd was just a snipe. 

    Did it piss anyone else ogg how they were cheering when Gus made an easy save? He just gets in the game and they are mocking him, brutal.

    And Phaneuf throws such nice hits and none of them are dirty, just amazing. 

    We will definetaly see Schenn next game, hopefully he can bounce back from a shit start.

  20. MystifoLeafs says:

    One bad game and everyone is re thinking the team. Guys I know its a horrid game but its not the end of the world. You will lose some and you will win some. Everyone thinks its a statement game for Toronto but its also a statement game for Boston. I mean they are coming in to a game with a horrid start against the team who was #1 in the league. That seems like a must win game for you. Boston just wanted the victory more than us and showed it on the ice. If Toronto drops 3 or 4 in a row then start complaining but at this moment its just a tough loss and you need to shake it off.

    Also good on Seguin netting his first career hat trick. At least one of the B's is bringing their A game  every night.
  21. LeafFansAreGay says:

    I don't care. The Bruins beat the laffs tonite. This is a joy occasion.

    In this game you saw the Beasts have the tools to repeat with the cup again. Their that good. 7-0 in the laffs building. That's just embarassing. Did you see Seguin flying all over the ice? This kid is scary good.

  22. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:

    Must be a joyous occasion. you haven't had much joy this season. 

  23. toronto77 says:

    Ya it's only 1 game but really it's 4 games. first we lost to Ottawa which is a team we cannot lose to, i don't care if they were on a 6 game winning streak, that team is garbage and is destined to miss the playoffs. Then we play horrible against NJ and got lucky that brodeur sucked and played horrible against columbus and got lucky that mason sucked. so ya it's only 1 loss, but we played like shit in 4 games straight now.

    As soon as the b's scored their first goal, you can tell the leafs just wanted the game to be over and they didn't even wana keep playing. I don't know what it is but some nights they don't even feel like playing, Wilson needs to give these guys some motivation, and Phaneuf should have thrown that hit on Kelly in the first not in the third when it was too late, maybe it would have given the leafs some sort of spark.

  24. reinjosh says:

    So the idea of trading Rick Nash is starting to percolate in some Blue Jackets bloggers blogs. They are saying he isn't working out on the team and just doesn't fit. 

    Possible trade target for Burke? 
  25. reinjosh says:

    Eh I don't think people are thinking that. The Leafs just didn't show up last night (outside a few guys). That can't happen against a team like Boston. I know the standings say they are a much worse team but they aren't. Boston last night and the game before that, has been the Boston that won the cup. Everyone on that team is starting to play like Seguin has been for the whole season. And as much as I hate to see it, Seguin is a beauty. That was just a sweet game for him. 

  26. reinjosh says:

    I will say the Bruins last night and the Bruins the game before were the Bruins that won the cup. The team is starting to play with Seguin. 

    But yes, gloating is something you shouldn't do even after winning two games haha. Thanks for defending us Hockey_Lover
  27. Boston_Bruins says:

    Actually, Thomas is still awesome this year. He's definitely not the reason for the slow start.

  28. Boston_Bruins says:

    I don't know why they don't have more set plays on the PP to let Seguin get that one-timer off. The coaching for the PP is just brutal.

  29. Boston_Bruins says:

    I don't understand why all of a sudden they think Nash doesn't fit but I guess they have to blame someone. Is that team ever in trouble or what?

  30. reinjosh says:

    Columbus is bad right now. They are 5 points behind the second last team (Boston and NYI), 6 behind Calgary, and 7 points behind St Louis, Winnipeg and Montreal. The worst part? Each one of those team has at least a game on them, some 2 and NYI has 3 on them.

    Nothing is working for them right now. Apparently Mason has let in a goal on one of the first four shots he's received in 10 of his 13 games. They have the worst differential in the league, at -22, and their power play is 2nd last, and PK 3rd (yeah I know, those in glass houses with that one). 
    This team might honestly need to blow it all up. Consider all pieces available (or at least be open to old core pieces being movable) and shoot for Yakupov. Make a trade for one of the highly touted backups in the league (Bernier, Schneider, Bobrovskuy) and hope that you can turn this around right away next year. 
  31. reinjosh says:

    No kidding. 

    Honestly it may not be that he's the issue but that he just doesn't fit as a captain. He's just not what they need. 
    The hardest thing for them may be the thing that can turn it around for them. Johansen is looking nice, and Carter is Carter. Plus they have Umberger (and from everything I've heard, he is the guy that leads the team, even though he isn't captain). Add Yakupov and that top 6 is looking pretty nasty still. 
    Trading Nash would be hard but look what the team could get. It could get a stud defender to add to Wiz, and a lot more. The team could flip it around in a year if they just trade him. Plus they get the cap space he takes with him, which could be huge. 
  32. mojo19 says:

    Don't call Reimer Optimus Reim. That's a faggy nickname. Call him the Reiminister (of defence)

  33. mojo19 says:

    Trading Rick Nash would be the ultimate mistake in the sad history of a franchise that hasn't done much right.

  34. mojo19 says:

    Relax boys, we can't win every game.

    I also just wanna say that it was a mistake to take Dupuis out of the line up in favour of Rosehill. My thought was that Wilson was trying to put toughness into the line to "match" Boston. Here's why it was stupid: The Leafs game is about speed, and skill. Boston's game is about grinding out wins and being that big tough team. Wilson's comments after the game proved that this was right because he said "we had to expect a blue collar game against Boston…" So Wilson decided to put Rosehill into the line up to beat Boston at THEIR game. We were at home, we should have made Boston have to adjust to OUR game, and we could have beat them with speed, skill, and puck posession. Steckel and Brown had good control of the puck down low but really missed Dupuis to keep the cycle going. Rosey was a bit of a play killer.

    Anyway's, the Leafs don't stack up well against big, tough teams. We'd be more likely to beat Washington I think. The only teams to beat us this year are Philly and Boston (fluke win by Ottawa).

  35. JoelLeafs says:

    English man. Also, a puck would not pass through a sieve, only water would: terrible analogy.

  36. JoelLeafs says:

    Honestly, just ignore him. Isn't worth the effort. Not that I have anything against the handicapped, but this one is useless.

  37. JoelLeafs says:

    If you have to lose to anyone, might as well be the defending cup champs… Right?

  38. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly when I think of this trading of Nash I think of the B's when they traded out Jumbo Joe. That really set Boston back but they have a cup now so I guess its Joe who? My worry is. I could see Burke targeting him seeing how he is a Burke type of guy but where do we start off at?

    1. Who do we trade for Nash?
    2. Does Nash waive his NMC?
    3. Does his 7.8 million cap hit hand cuff us in the future? 
    4. Can Nash become that player he once was?
    I mean you think about it the starting point would be A great deal of money from Toronto heading to Columbus. So that could mean Komisareak (NMC.), Lupul (Iffy about this one.) Clarke MacArthur (Possible but still low cap.) And then were most likely losing a Defensive prospect/NHL Caliber D man in Aulie or Franson. Along with most likely Kadri or one of our better goaltending prospects in Rynaas or Scrivens.
    Armstrong (Cap Relief)
    I mean its a lot to give up for a player who has a 7.8 million cap hit for another 7 years and who has not hit the 40 goal plateau in quite some time. But sadly that is what your going to demand for a Franchise type player in Nash.
  39. lafleur10 says:

    it will cost you schenn colborne 1st rd picks etc…! nothing less than the garbage your offering!

  40. reinjosh says:

    Everyone says that but I don't think it would. 

    The team is tied to him and it might be something they need to sever, for both the sake of the team and the sake of Nash's career. He isn't worth that cap space at this point in time and he isn't cutting it as captain. This might honestly be a Thornton type deal, where both the team and the player move on and win from this. 
    Nash told them he wanted a player to play with and they listened, mortgaging the future to do it, and look what happened? It's been arguably one of the worst starts in league history. This team has dug a hole so deep they are honestly almost guaranteed getting last overall. 
    They need to do something drastic and trading their captain, a guy thats been a mainstay through all the losing might be the only option to go. It could change the team fundamentally and lead to being a much better team overall. 
    Trading Nash does that. I say do it. 
  41. MystifoLeafs says:

    Exactly. This can be regarded as what Boston did to Thornton. Boston had a horrid start and wanted to shake things up. They traded the once untradeable Jumbo Joe who was coming off a solid season. So yeah the chance is Nash wont garner as much as everyone expects. Same with Vinny in Tampa his horrid contract and play is what really makes him a risk to take on. 

  42. hockey_lover says:

    Its even more than a matter of "after winning two games." Its after winning two games and STILL being last in the conference.

    Look, I take my opportunities to slam the Leafs as much as the next guy (and I enjoy it so very very much). Buuuuuuut, there isnt much ANYONE can say right now about them. They ARE playing really really well .. last nights drubbing not withstanding.

  43. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    hahahah how's last in the conference treating ya?

  44. senators_choke says:

    It's not so much the 7-0 loss – every team is entitled to a bad game.

    BUT the alarming thing for the Leafs is that they are almost always outshot by opponents.

    26th in the league in shots for.

    11th in most shots given up.

    If you look at the top Stanley Cup contenders, that's not supposed to happen. Most top contenders are typically in the top 10 or 12 in shots for, and/or bottom 10 or 12 in shots given up. eg, Chicago, San Jose, Washington, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia….and yup, even the much maligned Vancouver and Boston.

    This is very alarming.

  45. JoelLeafs says:

    Hey, haven't seen you in a while.

    Also, nice burn.

  46. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    You're over valuing Nash if you think that's what it'd cost. I don't think we need him, we have kessel anyway.

    Also, you know a period works in ending your sentence right? So many exclamation points make you look like a tool.
  47. reinjosh says:

    Yeah, i won't take the credit for that comparison, I definitely stole it from you. It's a decent one. 

  48. reinjosh says:

    I like Reiminister of Defence.  

    And Optimus Reim is killer haha. Who cares if it comes from a kids toy, show and movie. Optimus Reim is a badass name.
  49. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i wouldnt worry about the shots for as long as were putting the puck in the back of the net. besides this year toronto seemed to throw everything at the net and end up with a ton of shots every game but had nothing to show for it, if we wait until getting a decent scoring opportunity and then put the puck in the back of the net then i dont mind. Not to say shooting the puck is a bad idea, if we got 35 shots and got just as many goals then thats a plus but as long as we keep scoring.. i wouldnt think we have to go out and aquire a guy who shoots alot just to adress that situation.

  50. senators_choke says:

    The point is shots are a marker of a good team. Like cholesterol is a marker of your arteries clogging.

    All the good teams I mentioned have a far better shots for-shots against ratio. Check it.

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