Leafs Talk: Should Reporter Have Contacted James Reimer's Mom About Injury?

Curtis NgContributor IIINovember 14, 2011

ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 22: James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs handles the puck during a time out against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on March 22, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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No need to worry, Leaf fans, it's just whiplash.

Well actually, it would be more accurate to say that he's got concussion-like symptoms. We'll be treating him as if he's got a concussion, but don't worry, he hasn't got one.

Now his concussion-like symptoms have morphed into the more pleasant-sounding upper-body injury, but don't worry, Leaf fans, we know exactly what we're doing.

Do you now?

Ever since James Reimer got injured on October 22nd, nobody seems to have been quite sure about his condition or status.

Leaf fans have been understandably impatient and anxious for his return.

The players obviously don't know about Reimer's injury and coach Ron Wilson doesn't seem to know, either, while GM Brian Burke doesn't want to comment on it.

I mean, throw us a frickin' bone here.

Dave Feschuk, a columnist for the Toronto Star, decided to call up Marlene Reimer, James' mom, to get her take on her son's injury.

You can read the slightly controversial article here.

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Feschuk did what a good reporter should have done, and that was to give his readers, Leaf fans in this case, a deeper understanding of the situation.

The article may not have shed light on Reimer's status, but it did provide some welcome insight for fans, who have been left in the dark for weeks now.

Burke would likely have disapproved of Feschuk's talk with Mrs. Reimer, and understandably so.

According to this article in the Toronto Sun, Wilson did disapprove.

However, this is Toronto we're talking about here.

James Reimer is arguably the difference between playoffs and failure for the Leafs, so if you keep Leaf fans in the dark about one of their favourite players, you're going to agitate an already agitated fanbase.

In the article in the Star, Mrs. Reimer tells us that her son has suffered at least one concussion in the past, which happened when he was 16 years old.

She also says that while she's worried about James and the uncertainty around him at this point, she's happy with the level of medical support that he's gotten with the Leafs.

The knock on the article is that a relative who isn't a doctor was interviewed about a player's health. Leave it to the doctors, some say.

The interview wasn't conducted to provide a more definite diagnosis on James; it was written to give Leaf fans another perspective.

That James Reimer had suffered a concussion in the past was news to me.

That James and his wife April's new puppy is named Optimus was news to me.

If anything, the article was written to appease Leaf fans who were getting sick of not hearing anything new on the Reimer front.

Mike Milbury suggested on November 12's Hotstove (video here, Reimer talk starts at the 4:30 mark) that instead of contacting Mrs. Reimer, which he called a "weasely move," Feschuk should have contacted Burke or Wilson for a straight answer.

I don't know what rock Milbury has been hiding under, but that's been tried. Many times.

The Leafs are going through some tough times right now, not just because Reimer's been out for a few weeks, and Leaf fans are worried and impatient.

Right or wrong, Elliotte Friedman remarked during the show that in a market like Toronto, someone was eventually going to pursue the angle that Feschuk did.

Good on him, I say.

Good on him for beating the competition to the punch and for pissing Mike Milbury off (calling him a poor man's Don Cherry is an insult to Cherry).

Leaf fans deserve the truth, or at least more information, about James Reimer's status.

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