This could be James Reimer’s final season with the Maple Leafs, Matt Moulson doesn’t expect to return to the Islanders as a free agent, and Jussi Jokinen hopes to re-sign with the Penguins.
SPORTSNET.CA: Chris Johnston reports Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer and his agent weren’t pleased with the tepid response from Leafs coach Randy Carlyle of Reimer’s performance during the Leafs 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Johnston noted Reimer, a restricted free agent this summer, felt earlier this season he didn’t feel he was given the same opportunity as Jonathan Bernier to prove himself.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle reports Reimer hasn’t had a poor season, noting his .927 save percentage in even-strength situations. He also points out Reimer has a career save percentage of .915, “tied with Craig Anderson, Jonas Hiller, Jimmy Howard and Cam Ward. It’s ahead of Corey Crawford and way ahead of Steve Mason and Ondrej Pavelec”. Mirtle believes this season could be Reimer’s last with the Leafs, and what games he plays this season could give rival clubs in need of goaltending depth (like the NY Islanders) a chance to evaluate him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer is as good as gone via trade this summer, probably by the NHL Draft in late-June or in the days leading up to the draft. He no longer has a future in Toronto. The Islanders and the Calgary Flames could be among his suitors.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports Minnesota Wild winger Matt Moulson doesn’t anticipate returning to the NY Islanders, where he played most of his NHL career, as a free agent this summer. “It’s been said that I wasn’t in the future plans, so I don’t think that will quickly change,” Moulson said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Moulson was seeking an astronomical amount from the Islanders to re-sign, trading him earlier this season was a blunder. Moulson was clearly surprised by the trade, telling Strang he believed he would spend the rest of his career with the Islanders. Big mistake trading away a guy who wants to stay. He has terrific chemistry with John Tavares.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Josh Yohe recently reported versatile forward Jussi Jokinen hopes to re-sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and the club’s front office and coaching staff have been pleased with his performance. He’s also been a mentor for Penguins rookie and fellow Finn Olli Maatta.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the salary cap comes in for next season at the original projection of $71.1 million, the Penguins will have $15.9 million in cap space. Jokinen’s annual cap hit is $3 million, split this season between the Penguins and his former club, the Carolina Hurricanes. If Jokinen is willing to accept similar salary or a slight raise the Penguins will retain him.