Leafs goalie Reimer files for salary arbitration

Leafs GM Dave Nonis talks about veteran d-man Stephane Robidas being a great fit in the young locker room, also touches on Frattin and Komarov signings, but says there’s still work to do, and it won’t surprise him if he signs another free agent.

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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