Saturday, February 27, 2016

James Reimer Traded to San Jose Sharks by Toronto Maple Leafs

Goaltender James Reimer was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the San Jose Sharks as reported by USA Today.  Also going west in the deal is forward Jeremy Morin, in exchange for backup goaltender Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a fourth-round draft pick in 2018.

Reimer will most likely serve in a support role for Martin Jones.  Reimer is one of a group of netminders set to become UFAs at the end of this season.  The 27 year-old has a 2.49 GAA and .918 save percentage in 32 games for Toronto this season.

Alex Stalock is a 28 year-old former fourth-round draft pick of the Sharks who has gotten into 13 games for San Jose this season.  In those contests he's earned a 2.94 GAA and .884 save percentage.
Stalock carried a cap hit of $1.6 million for the 2015-16 season and is slated to become a UFA after this season.

The 27 year-old Ben Smith has played primarily at the AHL level this season.  The forward has 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) in 14 games at that level for 2015-16.  He will become a UFA after this season unless signed before July 1.  His cap hit for the full year is $1.5 million.

The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to pile up draft pick as they show that they are in a full rebuild mode right now.

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