February 28, 2011
Reimer checks out OK
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
James Reimer’s season has not been derailed, but he still has a long way to pull the Maple Leafs playoff train.
The organization breathed a sigh of relief Monday when a follow-up exam of the young goaltender showed no lingering damage from a goalmouth collision with Atlanta’s Evander Kane the day before. Reimer took a knee in the neck, tried to stay in the game, but gave way to Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
“First indications are there is no head injury,” general manager Brian Burke said. “It’s not serious. As far as I know he’ll be practising (Tuesday).”
When Reimer was hurt, the Leafs were up 2-0, but the disheartened players and the rusty Giguere eventually lost the key game 3-2. Reimer was playing in his seventh consecutive game and has a 10-4-3 record with a .929 save percentage.
When he returns, there will be three goalies in the picture again, as Jonas Gustavsson’s 14-day conditioning stint with the Toronto Marlies is done, with an extra week thrown in to recover from his third heart ablation procedure.
Gustavsson did play well in his last two starts of the AHL stint and combined with Giguere’s determination to fight through a groin injury until he can have off-season surgery, it will require some interesting lineup diplomacy.
“We’ll carry three and (coach Ron Wilson) will decide who plays, who sits and who backs up,” Burke said. “We’re really happy with the way the Monster responded in his last two games with the Marlies.”
Toronto has had four goalies hurt this season, counting Jussi Rynnas’s broken finger.
“I thought we had a plethora of goaltenders, but we had to bring in a couple of kids,” Burke noted. “That’s the way it goes. It’s the one position where you can never really have enough.”