James Reimer signs five-year deal with Panthers

Hockey Central discussion on James Reimer signing for 5-years with the Panthers has Doug MacLean scratching his head.

James Reimer has signed a five-year deal with the Florida Panthers.

The netminder was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the San Jose Sharks prior to the trade deadline. The 28-year-old was excellent with the Sharks, posting a 1.62 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in eight appearances. Overall, Reimer went 17-14-7 with a 2.31GAA, .922 save percentage and three shutouts in 40 games split between the Sharks and Leafs.

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Reimer is now the second backup goalie the Panthers have added in the last week. They acquired Reto Berra from the Avalanche a day before the 2016 NHL Draft for forward Rocco Grimaldi.

“I’m just hoping I can do my part and make sure that we win,” Reimer told reporters in Florida Friday.

Reimer was sellected 99th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2006. He is 91-78-23 with a 2.79GAA, .914 save percentage and 14 shutouts in in 215 NHL regular season games. Reimer has little playoff experience. In 2013 he started every post-season contest for the Maple Leafs in a heartbreaking seven-game series loss to the Bruins. He had a .921 save percentage in that series.

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