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Toronto Maple Leafs Re-Sign James Reimer to a Three Year Contract

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 19  James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates the 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins during game action at the Air Canada Centre March 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Jeff LangridgeCorrespondent IIIJune 9, 2011

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed their goalie of the present and future, James Reimer, keeping him from becoming a restricted free agent on July 1.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star reported the deal earlier and it has been confirmed by Reimer's agent and James Mirtle that the deal is worth $1.8 million per season and will keep him in a Leafs uniform until 2013-14.

Reimer was the biggest reason the Maple Leafs had their late-season playoff surge and if they had made it, he would have definitely been in the Calder Trophy conversation. He went on to post a 20-10-5 record in 37 games this season. He also made his first appearance for Team Canada at the recent World Championships posting a 3-0-0 record, a 2.04 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

While it's yet to be seen if this year's performance was a fluke, there is no reason to believe he can't continue the upward slope he began last season. If he's not what we think he is, then $1.8 million per season is not that bad to spend on a back-up.

This could also give us a hint on the future of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. If he were to stay with the Leafs, we all know that it would be taking a massive pay cut from what he made the past few seasons. If he were to take around $1.5-2 million per season for maybe two years, then he can still be a valuable member of the Leafs and a great mentor for Reimer. The only question left would be concerning what happens to Jonas Gustavsson.

The Leafs have now locked up their starting goaltender. Next step: Luke Schenn and Clark MacArthur.

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