Leafs ink young goalie

TERRY KOSHAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

The Maple Leafs have another goaltending prospect in their stable.

The club yesterday signed James Reimer, who was the 99th pick overall in the 2006 NHL entry draft, to a three-year entry level contract.

Reimer, who turned 20 this past Saturday, was hobbled by a high ankle sprain this past season and finished with an 8-15-4 record with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The Rebels won just 18 games, ending second-to-last in the 22-team WHL.

"James has steadily progressed during his three seasons with the Rebels," Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher said. "We are excited to have him in the organization and we look forward to his continued development beginning next season."

A 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Arborg, Man., Reimer has a record of 41-56-14 with four shutouts in three seasons with Red Deer and he will get a shot at making the Marlies next season. In a poll earlier this month of team personnel in the WHL, Reimer was voted top goaltender in the Eastern Conference.

Justin Pogge remains the top goaltending prospect in the organization.

ENOUGH ALREADY

The bizarre goal allowed by Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala on Tuesday night remained a topic of discussion among certain media members yesterday after practice at Lakeshore Lions Arena.

New York Islanders defenceman Rob Davison beat Toskala with a shot from 174 feet that skipped down the ice before bouncing past the stunned Leafs goalie. Toskala then shut the door in the Leafs' 3-1 win.

"We've been fortunate with him in that he has been able to be so consistent emotionally," Leafs coach Paul Maurice said. "He had a shutout, is what he had, and a bad break around the net. In a critical game and key components out, he played great."

Toskala may be in net for the rest of the season, as Maurice said he will ice his best lineup.


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