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Sharks acquire Reimer from Leafs in four player trade

Toronto receives Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

James Riemer is headed to San Jose.

The veteran goaltender was acquired by the Sharks from the Maple Leafs along with Jeremy Morin in exchange for Alex Stalock, Ben Smith and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft.

The fourth round pick would become a third round pick, if the Sharks make it to the Stanley Cup final.

There was no salary retained in the trade.

Reimer, a pending unrestricted free agent, provides the Sharks with stability in goal along with Martin Jones.

The 27-year-old was 11-12-3 in 32 games with the Leafs this season posting a .918 save percentage and a 2.49 G.A.A.

"James is an experienced NHL goaltender who will help add to our depth at that position as we head down the stretch run of the season," said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a statement. “Jeremy gives our group another versatile forward and a player that our coaching staff is familiar with. We're excited to add them both to our organization."

Morin was acquired by the Leafs in January in exchange for Richard Panik. In 13 games with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies since the trade, the 24-year-old scored two goals and four assists.

Both Smith and Stalock are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in July.

Stalock has split his season between the Sharks and AHL’s Barracuda. In 13 games with the Sharks, the 28-year-old had a 3-5-2 record and 2.94 G.A.A. Stalock was 2-0-0 with a 1.96 G.A.A. in two games with the Barracuda this season.

In six games with the Sharks, Smith had a minus-6 rating. The 27-year-old scored eight goals and two assists in 14 AHL games with the Barracuda.

Smith and Stalock will likely join the AHL’s Marlies.

“Two players certainly who have had NHL experience and certainly have played in the minors,” said Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello during a conference call. “We’ve all certainly seen them. As far as what they will bring to the NHL team, I don’t think at this given point, they’ll be here.

“Once we get the players here, we’ll find out more about them in practice as to what they can bring and what they can’t bring.”

According Lamoriello, the deal gives the club an opportunity to look at their two goaltenders playing with the AHL’s Marlies.

Toronto recalled Garret Sparks following the trade with the Sharks.

"We needed to take a look at our minor league goaltenders, who are playing extremely well,” Lamoriello said. “We have to take a look at Garret Sparks right now and see how he performs. He did perform when he came up earlier. We’re going to have to find out about (Antoine) Bibeau.

“These are all things that are in the process and you can’t do it when you have two goaltenders here in the NHL. I can remember back many years ago when we had to find out about a young goaltender in the minors in New Jersey (Martin Brodeur). That seemed to work out pretty well.”

Sparks is 13-4-3 in 20 AHL games this season posting a 2.43 G.A.A. and a .925 save percentage. The 22-year-old appeared in five games with the Leafs earlier this season going 3-1-0 along with a .915 save percentage and a 2.58 G.A.A.

Bibeau, the Leafs sixth-round pick from the 2013 NHL draft, is 18-5-0 in 25 games this season posting a 2.81 G.A.A. and a .904 save percentage.

This is the second deal between the Sharks and Leafs in six days.

On Monday, the Leafs sent Roman Polak and Nick Spaling to the Sharks in exchange for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018, as well as veteran winger Raffi Torres.


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