The San Jose Sharks announced the acquisition of goaltender James Reimer & LW Jeremy Morin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goalie Alex Stalock, RW Ben Smith & conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2018.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, the once-promising Reimer era in Toronto comes to a close. While it’s possible he could return via free agency this summer, I think the Leafs will look at other options between the pipes.
I doubt Stalock,a UFA this summer, will be staying with the Leafs beyond this season. Indeed, he might not see any playing time, as the club has recalled Garret Sparks to back up Jonathan Bernier.
This is a good move by the Sharks to shore up their goaltending depth. They needed a reliable backup as Stalock struggled this season and couldn’t be counted upon if needed to fill in for starter Martin Jones. Reimer will be a significant short-term upgrade. With Jones as their starter, it’s unlikely Reimer fits into their plans beyond this season. Expect him to hit the open market in July.
This trade is the second move between the two clubs within a week. The Sharks recently acquired defenseman Romas Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Leafs in exchange for two second-round picks (one in 2017, one in 2018).