November 24, 2011
Reimer leaps into action
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
For someone who has been out since Oct. 22, goalie James Reimer does not look the part.
Reimer, recovering from concussion-like symptoms since being run over by the Montreal Canadiens’ Brian Gionta, had one net to himself at practice at the American Airlines Center on Thursday morning.
Jonas Gustavsson and Ben Scrivens shared the other net as Reimer participated in his first full practice since Nov. 1.
But don’t plan on seeing Reimer in the crease for a game quite yet.
“This is a process, so let’s not rush it,” Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. “He is probably 10 days or so away. This is the last day I am going to talk about it until he is ready to play.”
Wilson said Gustavsson will start on Friday night against the Dallas Stars.
Under Wilson’s timetable, Reimer could return on the Leafs’ trip to Boston and New York for games on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.
Reimer said he was pleasantly surprised with how well he got through the practice conditioning-wise.
“I think so,” Reimer said. “That is going to be the big hurdle. The last couple of days I have been trying to work off ice, and on the ice felt really good. I don’t know if it was the most intense practice we have ever had, which makes it a little easier.
“When you get back, you want to be 120%. I want to come back how I left off. Not feel my way through a couple of games. I want to get back in there and start winning again. I think that is the mentality I have.”
In six games, Reimer is 4-0-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Gustavsson is 6-4-0 with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage, while Scrivens is 2-4-1 with a 2.96 average and a .904 save percentage.
Centre Mikhail Grabovski (lower body) practised as well, but Wilson said he does not expect Grabovski to play in Dallas or Anaheim. Winger Mike Brown, nursing an undisclosed injury, has been sent back to Toronto for evaluation.