Maple Leafs trade James Reimer to Sharks in 4-player deal
"Reim Time" is over in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs traded goaltender James Reimer to the San Jose Sharks in a four-player deal Saturday, the clubs announced.
In return for Reimer and minor-league forward Jeremy Morin, the Maple Leafs received backup goalie Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith, and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018.
No salary is being retained by either club in the trade, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and the Maple Leafs now have 28 draft picks in the next three drafts, 17 in the first four rounds. It's a rebuild, alright.
Reimer shores up the goaltending situation in San Jose, providing depth down the stretch and into the playoffs. No. 1 goalie Martin Jones has a .916 save percentage and five shutouts in 51 games, winning 29.
Drafted by Toronto in the fourth round in 2006, Reimer heads west with an 11-12-7 record this season for the basement-dwelling Maple Leafs, with a .918 save percentage. He's struggled badly in February, with an .869 save percentage and 3.80 GAA in seven starts. He has a lifetime .914 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 188 starts and 207 games over six seasons.
Reimer's earning $2 million this season, and carries a cap hit of $2.3 million. He's not expected to join San Jose for at least a week due to immigration issues. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and will turn 28 on March 15.
Stalock, 28, has an .884 save percentage in 13 games and nine starts in 2015-16. He has a career .911 save percentage and four shutouts in 62 games and 46 starts, all with San Jose. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Smith, 27, has no points in six games for the Sharks this season. He's played 181 games over his career, scoring 25 goals and adding 19 assists. He's due for unrestricted free agency, as well, at the end of this season.
Morin, turning 25 on April 16, had two goals and four assists in 43 games for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets last season. He has 28 points in 41 games in the AHL in 2015-16. He'll be a restricted free agent at season's end.
After the trade, the Maple Leafs announced the recall of goalie Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies.