Will James Reimer request a trade in the off-season? Could the Jets be a destination?
CBS SPORTS: Brian Stubits cites a reports by TSN’s Darren Dreger suggesting James Reimer could request a trade in the off-season. Dreger claims Reimer, a restricted free agent this summer, is uncomfortable in a backup role and could “respectfully” request a trade this summer. Stubits believes there won’t be a lot of trade options but suggests the Winnipeg Jets could be an option for the Manitoba native.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless reports Jets management has goalie questions to answer before next season. If the Jets decide to bring in outside help, Lawless suggested Reimer as a trade option.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stubits and Lawless noted Pavelec has three more seasons (at an annual cap hit of $3.9 million) remaining on his contract. If the Jets decide to add Reimer or another goaltender they’ll have to do something about Pavelec’s contract. The Jets still have both their compliance buyouts and could go that route with Pavelec. Other trade options for Reimer included the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames and perhaps the Vancouver Canucks. While the Canucks acquired Jacob Markstrom in the Roberto Luongo trade with Florida they could shop him to make room for Reimer. The Anaheim Ducks could also be a suitor if they fail to re-sign Jonas Hiller.