Leafs goalie Reimer files for salary arbitration

July 2, 2014, 6:08 PM

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.

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.”

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