Maple Leafs' James Reimer must feel like chopped liver

Leafs goaltender James Reimer has played well this year, yet the club still tried to deal for...

Leafs goaltender James Reimer has played well this year, yet the club still tried to deal for Miikka Kirpusoff and Roberto Luongo. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

It is James Reimer’s job for now and he will smile beneath his mask, because that’s what he does.

But, inside, he has to know better.

Inside, there has to be a little hurt, a little disappointment, that as well as he’s played and as much as he has been a part of the Leafs’ success, it didn’t seem like enough to those who manage the decisions with the hockey club.

Inside, he has to know that general manager Dave Nonis and the Maple Leafs’ staff made every possible effort to bring Miikka Kiprusoff to Toronto. And not just make him part of the Leafs, but sign him up for two more years.

And when Kiprusoff finally made the difficult decision Wednesday morning, a decision that is was time to say goodbye rather than change uniforms, the Leafs didn’t stop there. They made one final lunge at the Vancouver Canucks, hoping to determine if their improbable pursuit of Roberto Luongo, and the contracts that “sucks,” was in any way possible for the Leafs.


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