One of the hottest goaltenders in the NHL right now, James Reimer, left Toronto Maple Leafs practice on Tuesday after being potentially injured in what Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston termed an “awkward fall.”
It’s not entirely clear from reports what happened because the team has not addressed it, but many writers tweeted out on Tuesday afternoon that Reimer left practice in “some discomfort.”
The fall Johnston refers to took place about 25 minutes into practice, after which Reimer spoke with trainers, then left the ice.
Mark Masters noted that as Reimer came off the ice on Tuesday that he “seemed to be favouring [his] left leg.”
After practice the team had no update on Reimer’s status. Mike Babcock simply said, “We have awhile till our next game.” The team doesn’t play again until Saturday when they take on Washington Capitals in Toronto.
James Reimer has started 11 games this month, the most he’s started in a single month since April 2013. His .934 save percentage currently ranks fourth in the NHL. He’s played in 15 games this year, starting 14, and going 7-3-4, making him the goaltender of record in all seven of Toronto’s wins this season.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.