Leafs' James Reimer says he has no issues with Randy Carlyle

After much off-season speculation he would be moved, James Reimer re-upped for two years with the...

After much off-season speculation he would be moved, James Reimer re-upped for two years with the Maple Leafs. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

TORONTO - The Toronto media nicknamed him “Sunny Jim” because of his boundless optimism in the face of Leafs turmoil.

So you knew that the returning James Reimer could not let any ill will linger between himself and Randy Carlyle, coming off that March 29 game in Detroit that summed up the coach’s frustration with a season headed south. With Reimer unable to steal a point in a very winnable game during the Leafs’ excruciating playoff-race collapse, Carlyle called his goalie’s effort that night “just okay.”

It was a quote dissected more often than a frog in Grade 9 biology and caused Reimer’s agent Ray Petkau to fire off a tweet that questioned the season-long shoddy play of Toronto’s defence. When Reimer and the Leafs failed to reverse fortunes in April, most thought Reimer’s weak overall numbers and Carlyle’s role in the team losing 12 of 14 games meant both would be gone.

But Carlyle was given another chance by incoming president Brendan Shanahan, while general manager Dave Nonis officially ended the Reimer trade speculation on Friday by re-signing him to a two-year deal. Nonis also invited him to challenge Jonathan Bernier for No. 1 again.


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