MONTREAL — Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau doesn’t think a minor neck injury will prevent him from being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs, if that’s what the NHL club decides to do.
Asked if the pains would keep him out of action for long, Parenteau said “Not at all.”
That may be a relief to Leafs management. Parenteau is among the impending free agents who is expected to be dealt ahead of Monday’s NHL trading deadline.
“I have no control,” he said. “You know as much as me.
“I’ll be resting (Sunday), trying to settle this down a bit, and be ready to go Monday.”
“He’s a great guy, a really positive guy,” Parenteau said of Reimer. “He was fun to be around.
“He’ll be missed in Toronto for sure.”
Reimer’s former goaltending partner Jonathan Bernier was sad to see him go.
“It’s a tough day,” said Bernier, who was backed up by Garrett Sparks against Montreal. “James was a great teammate.
“Guys really liked him and it’s not easy to lose a good guy.”
Bernier said Reimer would not have been shocked at the move.
“He was very calm,” he said. “He understood the business.
“His contract was up and we know what the Leafs are trying to do is rebuild and try to get some draft picks, so he was probably expecting it.”