Why James Reimer Deserves Better

Emily G
June 24 2013 09:48AM

As I'm sure everyone is well aware by now, on Sunday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs traded Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, and a second round pick to the Los Angeles Kings for their back-up goalie, Jonathan Bernier.

There are two ways we can look at this trade: we can see it as a trade for a back-up goaltender, in which case the price paid by the Leafs is far too high, or we can see it for what it more likely is: a trade for a goalie who is going to compete with James Reimer for (or perhaps just be handed) the starting role in net for the 2013-2014 season.
 
If the latter is true (and it seems like it is), this is a senseless trade that will improve the team marginally or not at all.

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Leafs to buy out Mike Komisarek

Ryan Fancey
June 23 2013 03:37PM

It's been a pretty crazy day for Leafs fans. We've had the Bernier trade, the talks of Phaneuf being on the block, and now it looks like Mike Komisarek will be bought out by the club.

This isn't a big surprise by any means, but it does use one of the Leafs' compliance buyouts that could have been used on a salary dump from another team, or potentially John-Michael Liles. 

Either way, Nonis is really going to work right now and it's creating a lot of discussion around the team. Looks like a wild couple of weeks coming up.

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The Leafs acquire Jonathan Bernier!!!

Steve Dangle
June 23 2013 02:33PM

 

Welp. Holy crap. The Leafs got Jonathan Bernier. 

Here's what I think of the deal, what this could mean, and a text statement from Ben Scrivens.

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Saying farewell: Matt Frattin is now a Los Angeles King

Cam Charron
June 23 2013 01:35PM

Matt Frattin is now a Los Angeles King.  

The important thing here… What do the Leafs lose, what can visiting Los Angeles Kings fans expect from him?

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Leafs acquire Jon Bernier - Our initial reaction

Cam Charron
June 23 2013 12:58PM

Ultimately, the players that the Toronto Maple Leafs gave up in the Jonathan Bernier deal weren't extremely valuable, but they're still likeable players that we'll miss so we'll have some individual breakdowns on their best moments throughout the week.

What Toronto did give up in the trade was mostly opportunity cost. James Reimer has been the starter of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three half seasons. In two of them, he had all-star calibre numbers and in the other one, he was concussed. The trade does two immediate things for Toronto, the first being that the departure of Matt Frattin means that Colton Orr will get more ice time, and the second being that Reimer will get fewer starts with Bernier in the system. The Leafs wouldn't have traded three pieces for a backup goaltender, so you have to think that there's a plan to run a tandem goaltender system.

Read on.

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