The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded goalie James Reimer to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for goalie Alex Stalock, forward Ben Smith and a conditional fourth round pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs also sent forward Jeremy Morin to the Sharks as part of the deal.
The trade effectively means that the Maple Leafs won’t have Reimer to kick around anymore, which should be a good thing for the 27-year-old netminder.
Reimer is 11-12-7 with a 2.49 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and could wind up being a rental, which has some thinking that he’ll be back in the fold in Toronto before the dust settles.
But for now, Reimer has a chance with the Sharks. He’ll help complement goalie Martin Jones and will benefit from San Jose’s offensive prowess, which could give him a cushion the Maple Leafs never could.
Reimer has spent his entire career to date with Toronto and he was in goal when the club made its only recent playoff appearance in 2003-2004. But as is usually the case with T-Dot and its love of scapegoats, Reimer was blamed for the team’s struggles over the years and he has to be glad to experience a little sweet relief.
Toronto, by the way, recalled goalie Garret Sparks from the Toronto Marlies after the trade was made.
In Stalock, they’re getting a goalie in the last year of his current contract. He’s played in 13 games this season and went 3-5, owning a .884 save percentage with a 2.94 goals against average. The Sharks drafted him 112th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
And with Smith, Toronto has landed a 27-year-old with six NHL seasons under his belt. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008, going in the sixth round, and he’s only seen six games worth of action this season. He’s registered zero points in that time, for the record, but he can get into the tough areas and muck around if the situation calls for it.
The 24-year-old Morin has five years of NHL experience, but he’s never developed into a full-time player. He could develop into a decent depth player for the Sharks, however, and can play either wing.
This is the second trade between the Maple Leafs and Sharks in the past week. The first came when Toronto sent Roman Polak and Nick Spaling to San Jose for Raffi Torres and a couple of picks.