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If it wasn’t already clear, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the decision to have James Reimer as the team’s top goalie in 2011-2012 by signing the 23-year-old to a three-year contract.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although the Globe and Mail is reporting that it’s worth $5.4 million, an average of $1.8 per season.
Reimer made his first career start on January 1, when he stopped 32 of 33 shots in a road win over the Ottawa Senators. That was the first of four consecutive road wins and four wins in five games for the rookie. The Morweena, Manitoba native finished his rookie campaign with a 20-10-5 record, .921 save percentage, and 2.60 goals against average in 37 games.
Last season, Reimer earned $600,000, a difference of $1.2 million.
This move is just one of many to come for Leafs general manager Brian Burke. He still has to re-sign Luke Schenn, Clarke MacArthur, and Tyler Bozak. He also must make a decision on goalies Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Jonas Gustavsson as he continues his search for a good backup.