February 12, 2013
Maple Leafs say James Reimer has 'mild' knee injury, will be out minimum a week
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - As far as knee injuries go, surrounding the description of the ailment with the words “mild” and “strain” are about as optimistic as it gets.
That’s what the Maple Leafs used Tuesday to describe the injury to goaltender James Reimer, who had to leave Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers with what the team is now calling a mild medial collateral ligament knee strain.
Depending on Reimer’s recovery, the team says their No. 1 goaltender will be out of action for a minimum of one week, though that could be optimistic given the nature of the position.
Reimer had a strong start to the 2013 season, returning to the form he had shown as a rookie, and was a big reason the Leafs are off to a reasonable 8-5 beginning and tied for fourth place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
The Air Canada Centre went quiet on Monday, however, when Reimer went to the ice early in the second period and remained on all fours for several minutes. He eventually had to be helped to the bench by teammate John-Michael Liles.
Reimer told teammates that the injury didn’t result from contact with another player but happened when he tried to plant his left leg and it gave out. Backup Ben Scrivens came on in relief and helped backstop the Leafs to a 5-2 victory.
If Reimer is somehow able to return to the team in a week, he would miss just three games, beginning with Thursday’s road date against the Carolina Hurricanes. The team has yet to indicate who will back up Scrivens but it is expected management will recall Jussi Rynnas from the AHL Marlies.