Leafs re-sign James Reimer
TORONTO, CANADA (The Spread) - The Toronto Maple Leafs and James Reimer have avoided arbitration and agreed on a new contract.
Reimer filed for salary arbitration earlier this month after he was reduced to a backup role this past season as the Maple Leafs leaned on Jonathan Bernier for 55 games. He reportedly asked for a trade around that same time but the team wouldn't give him away with the market thinning at goalie.
"If there is a deal that makes sense for us, then we would look to do it," Leafs GM Dave Nonis said at the time.
With his arbitration hearing set for July 28, the two sides agreed on a two-year, $4.6 million contract on Friday. Now that he's under contract, Toronto could still seek a trade for the 26-year-old but most teams are set at goaltender so Reimer's request may inevitably be denied.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetDSI, the Maple Leafs are 33/1 to win the 2015 Stanley Cup, giving them the same odds as the Blue Jackets and Canucks. The Blackhawks remain Cup favorites at 7/1, while the Bruins and Kings are both 10/1 to win, respectively.