Toronto goaltender James Reimer previously admitted that the Maple Leafs’ decision to bring in another promising young netminder in Jonathan Bernier made him feel “doubted.”
Now it sounds like he just feels determined.
“I don’t plan on giving up the net,” Reimer told TSN.ca. “I don’t plan on giving up that starters’ spot right now, not to be a jerk about it obviously.”
Reimer’s had some time to step back and reflect on what this means and thinks this new challenge will make him a better goaltender.
“I’m sure Bernier’s coming in wanting nothing but that starting job,” Reimer said.
That’s a safe bet. Bernier was stuck behind Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles and now he has a real opportunity to prove that he’s capable of serving as a number one goaltender.
“I was pretty miserable in L.A.,” Bernier told 590 the Fan, according to the Toronto Sun. “It was really hard. I play hockey to play games, not only practice.”
Bernier certainly has the potential to become a starter in the NHL, but Reimer is coming off of a strong season. Both will likely get chances early in 2013-14 as they each attempt to gain an edge over the other.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.