After being hit by a wave of injuries in the past month, the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally received some good news pertaining to starting netminderJames Reimer who has been given the green light by team doctors.
“I’m ready to go when he calls on me” said Reimer as he announced this morning that he was finally ready to play, the second head coach Ron Wilson wants him to.
“I’m ecstatic,” Reimer said. “You know, I love to play. This is what I love to do. To be able to get back in the lineup and even just practicing was great.”
“When you’re sitting out, not only is it boring, but it just hangs around you. You want to get out there so bad.”
Reimer has missed Toronto’s last 18 games, a period in which they went 9-9-1 without the 23-year-old, with what the Leafs call “concussion-like symptoms.” Reimer will dress for Saturday’s road tilt against the Bruins, the second game of a back to back with our division rivals, and there is a good chance that he will get the start.
If Reimer isn't ready, Jonas Gustavsson will start , but it’s safe to say that Reimer will take over the starting duties two nights later against the New York Rangers.
Third-string goalie Ben Scrivens was present at practice but will be sent back to the Toronto Marlies to make room on the roster for Reimer’s return. Scrivens finished his first career NHL stint with a decent 2-4-1 record, 2.96 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. The move will definitely be beneficial for the 25 year old Spruce Grove, AB native who will have the opportunity to sharpen his skills and prepare for his next stint with the big club.
The news was also encouraging for RW Colby Armstrong and C Mathew Lombardi. Armstrong (ankle) is approximately a week a way from hitting the ice. Lombardi could make his return in another 10 days to two weeks.
Unfortunately for the Buds, winger Mike Brown, who has been on injured reserve since Nov 16, had back surgery to repair a disk and will be out at least 6 weeks. The injury creates a hole on the Leafs 4th line for roughly the next 20 games.
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