Report: Reimer in, Bernier out for Leafs’ season opener


The Toronto Maple Leafs seem primed to start holdover James Reimer instead of new addition Jonathan Bernier in their season opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and RDS’ Francois Gagnon report.

It’s worth noting that the Leafs could change course anytime between now and puck drop, but assuming that this sticks, it’s an interesting turn.

Will it quiet those who believe that Reimer, 25, received a raw deal from Leafs management? Maybe not, but it shows that Toronto’s brass might give Reimer more of a chance to grab the No. 1 job from Bernier, also 25.

Of course, it might not be that big of a deal at all; it’s a long season, so this situation could seesaw back and forth depending on each netminder’s hot and cold streaks.

If you want to read more about one of the 2013-14 season’s most fascinating platoon situations, check out this post from August.

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”