Disgruntled Toronto Maple Leafs netminder James Reimer has filed for salary arbitration, according to Elliotte Friedman.
Reimer became a restricted free agent July 1, but he did receive a one-year, $1.6 million qualifying offer in May. The 26-year-old is coming off a three-year contract that paid him an average of $1.8 million per season.
James Reimer among the first players to file for salary arbitration. Numbers do not need to be exchanged yet, but deadline is Saturday.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 2, 2014
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported on the weekend that Reimer had requested a trade.
Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told reporters Tuesday that he’s open to the idea of Reimer remaining in Toronto next season and won’t force a trade.
“If there is a deal that makes sense for us, then we would look to do it,” Nonis said. “If not, James is a good goalie. He’s not far removed from having some spectacular numbers.”
Reimer began the 2013-14 campaign as the opening-night starter for the Leafs, but eventually lost his spot to Jonathan Bernier, whom the team acquired last summer. Reimer recorded a 3.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 36 appearances.
“If there’s not a deal, James will be back in Toronto,” Nonis added. “I don’t think anyone should feel bad about that. If he’s back here, he’s a good person, he’s well-liked by his teammates. He’s a quality goaltender. It will work out one way or another.”