The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with James Reimer, one that would keep the 23-year-old goaltender in Toronto until the end of the 2013-2014 NHL season.
According to capgeek.com the deal will pay Reimer $5.4 million over the three years, an average of $1.8 million per season.
Reimer was one of the huge bright spots in what was another non-playoff season in Toronto. He made his debut as the Leafs starting goaltender on January 1st, a game in which the Leafs won 5-1 over the Ottawa Senators and Reimer made 32 saves.
And from that point forward, Reimer started 34 of the final 45 regular season games going 19-10-5 after his first victory and putting together a .921 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. All while becoming a fan favorite and a favorite among his teammates as well.
“He’s been awesome, he’s been everything you want in a goalie, he’s been making huge saves for us,” Leafs defenceman Keith Aulie told the Waterloo Record back in March. “That’s what you want as a team, you want to feel comfortable. He’s made us feel more than confident back there with him.
“He’s stopping breakaways and that’s just extra. He’s doing all the little things, just getting out, stopping the puck for us behind the net. He’s playing the puck well, making the easy saves and sprinkling in these huge saves that can really change games around for you.”
After the season Reimer and teammates Dion Phaneuf and Luke Schenn represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Slovakia. Reimer was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. He made just just over $596,000 last season.