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OTTAWA – The start was to be a secret. Miles Plumlee Jersey . Ron Wilson, then the head coach of the Maple Leafs, didnt want the "piranhas" in the Toronto media to catch wind of his plans for this young kid in the nations capital. He wanted the very first start in the unlikely career of a fourth round pick from Morweena, Manitoba to remain secret. "I dont want him to be bothered," Wilson said of his intentions two days later. "Around here a guy wins a game and were ready to build a statue for him." The statue was never built, but the tenure sure was memorable for James Reimer, whose Leaf career almost certainly ended Saturday in the same place it began in earnest more than three and a half years earlier. The 26-year-old wondered aloud if this was it, if a strong 36-save performance in a 1-0 season-ending loss to the Senators was how his tenure in Toronto would ultimately end. "Really sad," he said if that were, in fact, the case. "This is the team I always wanted to play for my whole career. Its just sad that now theres a question mark over it because I wouldve wanted it to be a sure thing for 20 years. "I always dreamed that I would be a Leaf right from the start, right from when I got drafted and especially after my first season up here. Its all I wanted to do is be here and be the guy. Just thinking that that might not be the case now it brings a lot of emotions and its just real unfortunate the way its turned out." He was an unlikely case from the get-go. The 99th overall selection in 2006, Reimer wasnt all that highly thought of, never really projected to be anything of consequence even as he rose up the ranks of an organization lacking in goaltending since Ed Belfours departure (Reimers childhood hero oddly enough). "I wouldnt have probably bet a plug nickel that he would be one of our goalies this year to be honest with you," Wilson said of Reimer during his rise to prominence in the 2010-11 campaign. A relative unknown, Reimer won 20 times in 36 starts that year and boasted an unexpected, but impressive .921 save percentage, reviving the playoff hopes of a squad that would eventually fall short. "I dont think he ever ceases to amaze us," former Leaf Luke Schenn said after one particular shutout in Minnesota. They called him "Sherman" or "The Sherminator" at first, because he bore a resemblance to the quirky character from the 1999 summer hit American Pie. He was from the smallest of towns in Manitoba, a religious kid who didnt have much use for vulgarity. "I try to watch my swear words around him," Joey Crabb, another former Leaf, once said. He was a feel good story in a hockey town that had little to feel good about. Excitement was high. The organization, it seemed, had solved a question long short on answers – almost by accident. He was dubbed the "saviour" by one local newspaper, hyperbole never quite kept in check in the hub of Toronto. "The media in Toronto is going to have to be careful," J.S. Giguere once cautioned. "I think hes also human and were all bound to make mistakes and have a tough week or a tough month – you never know whats ahead of us." Giguere unknowingly foreshadowed adversity that arrived with a thud shortly thereafter. The unquestioned No.1 for the Leafs at the outset of the 2011-12 season, Reimer picked up wins in four of his first five starts. Optimism was budding, that is until a late October night in Montreal. It was there that the elbow of Canadiens captain Brian Gionta slammed into Reimers head and instantly altered all that was trending in a positive direction. Wilson and the team called it "whip-lash" initially and figured hed miss only a few days. Concussion speculation pattered around the city as his absence dragged on, all that uncertainty culminating in a reporters phone call that unleashed all-out fury. "I cant believe a media [member] would call up a parent," Wilson spewed. Almost six weeks went by before Reimer returned to the net. And it was quite clear after that he was not the same goaltender. Save for a few bright spots, he struggled and it wasnt long before that rumours of a trade for then-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo percolated. Those talks fell through though and he remained a Leaf. "We believe in James Reimer," said then-President and GM Brian Burke ahead of a September charity golf tournament, days before the lockout began. "We have said from the get-go that if we get an opportunity to upgrade at the goaltending position were going to do it. Thats still the case. But its not a frantic search for a goaltender. We believe in James Reimer." Health issues were put to bed in the summer – the concussion was later deemed a neck issue – and Reimer sought redemption. "I want to come in and show that I can be the starter and that they need to look nowhere else," he said in mid-July 2012. He indeed came in and showed that he could be the starter after the lockout finally ended, but that didnt stop the organizations search for someone else. Burke, chief in those summer talks for Luongo, had since been fired, but his replacement and longtime No. 2, Dave Nonis, felt the same uncertainty with Reimer as did his predecessor. This in spite of the fact that Reimer was playing about as well as anyone in the league – finishing amongst the leaders in save percentage. Miikka Kiprusoff was the name that was circled (and Luongo too) and the club pushed and pushed to get him from Calgary ahead of the trade deadline, this to help an unforeseen playoff push. They said they wanted security behind Reimer, some veteran comfort behind a goaltender who had never played in the postseason, but it was all too clear that they really just wanted a potential replacement. In the end Kiprusoff declined the move and trade talk was put to bed – for the moment. More doubt seemed to equal more motivation for Reimer. He went on to post a .930 save percentage in the month after the deadline kerfuffle, leading the club to its first playoff berth in nine years. "What he did is he proved to himself, he proved to the guys in the room and he proved to outsiders for whatever thats worth that he is an elite goalie in this league," then-backup Ben Scrivens said. "Hes had a fantastic season. In my opinion hes got to be in the running for the Vezina, with his record, with his numbers, with where he sits." Game 7 is all thats remembered from the May that followed. Forgotten were Games 5 and 6 when Reimer out-dueled Tuukka Rask and pushed the eventual Eastern Conference champs to the brink of elimination in the unlikely all-or-nothing clash that followed in Boston – one that the Leafs would lose despite a 4-1 third period lead. Doubts within about his viability returned after that night (or perhaps never left) and by late June, competition for the crease had arrived in Jonathan Bernier, a 25-year-old who dreamed of a No. 1 job for years in Los Angeles. "I dont plan on giving up that starters spot right now," Reimer said shortly after the trade, as diplomatic as his emotions would allow, "not to be a jerk about it obviously." But ultimately he would cede that starters spot, outclassed at last by Bernier in December. Pulled in the first frame of an eventual loss to Detroit that month, his bench stare-down with Randy Carlyle endured as a lasting image of his frustration. He saw the net only sparingly in the weeks and months after, his struggles mostly lingering save for the odd and very occasional spike. "Its been," he said delicately in late January, "its been an interesting year. Thats maybe the best way I can describe it." An interesting year came to a boiling point in mid-March with Bernier sidelined. It was there, with another (and perhaps final) meaningful opportunity, that Reimer could not overcome surrounding adversity and perform to a high level. Though left on an island on far too many occasions, he too struggled badly as the good vibes of a California road swing suddenly turned sour for the Leafs. After the second of eight consecutive losses in Detroit, all the lingering internal doubts seemed to come to head. "I thought he was okay you know," said Carlyle of Reimer following a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings, "just okay." "So he said I was just okay," Reimer responded. "I thought I played good, but obviously youd like to make at least one of those saves in the third." Confidence sunk, his struggles continued in three more losses – pulled in the opening frame of the fifth straight defeat in New Jersey after three goals slipped by on 10 shots. At his lowest, he tried to find some kind of silver lining afterward, anything to make the sting of some benefit down the road. "As crazy as it sounds I know Im becoming a better goalie and obviously a better person," he said in empty Prudential Center hallway. And then the circle of his Leaf journey concluded from where it all began in the season finale on Saturday. Reimer will almost certainly move on from here. A restricted free agent on July 1st, he is ready for a change, ready for a fresh start as much it probably pains him. He called this season one that was good for learning, a lesson in how to maintain an even-headedness through adversity. Asked how he would remember his tour in Toronto, one that began with a 32-save performance on that secretive January day, Reimer gushed, "Wonderful, just wonderful. "Im so blessed to be able to do what I do. And as hard as it gets at the end of the day youre playing hockey in the NHL. Obviously, I wouldve liked to be better and I have high expectations for myself and I expect to be the best and get results, but I love this game, I love what I do and to be able to do it for three and a half years now for the best organization in the world its been an absolute pleasure." Dennis Schroder Jersey . - Rookie Kyle Larson will start from the pole position Saturday night in the NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway after a thunderstorm arrived just in time to wash out qualifying. Taurean Prince Jersey . Toronto has lost six of its last eight games but is coming off Thursdays 7-3 victory at Kansas City. Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus both went deep for the Blue Jays, who are second in the American League with 34 home runs on the season. http://www.hawksteamproshop.com/Cheap-Dikembe-Mutombo-Hawks-Jersey/ . Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat. Defensive Depth TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun is reporting the Toronto Maple Leafs have considerable interest in unrestricted free-agent defenceman Dan Boyle.BALTIMORE -- In his first year with the Baltimore Orioles, Brian Roberts played shortstop alongside third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr., who was in the final year of what turned out to be a Hall of Fame career. Now in his first season with the New York Yankees, Roberts is lining up next to shortstop Derek Jeter -- whos putting the finishing touches on what appears to be a Hall of Fame career. "Ive definitely been extremely blessed to take part in both of their last years," Roberts said. "They have so many similarities: the way they go about the game, the way they go about their business on and off the field, so professional in both ways, so respected by everyone. When you play with each of them you see why. They both do just do everything the right way, treat people the right way. Its something that all of us can learn from." The 36-year-old Roberts wont soon forget the experience. "We all take things from every place that weve been and people that we play with, but certainly when you play with guys of that calibre and that stature in the game, I think its special for all of us to have the opportunity to do that," he said. Roberts played 51 games at shortstop in 2001, his first year with the Orioles, and has been at second base ever since. After spending 13 years with the Orioles, he signed as a free agent with the Yankees in January. He returned to Camden Yards on Friday for the first time since his departure. "Its crazy," he said in the New York clubhouse. "I dont know if I walked in here one time in my career. Its definitely strange tto walk by the home clubhouse and come over here but its kind of a new chapter of life. Dominique Wilkins Jersey. Im certainly excited to be back. Spent the night in my house. Good to sleep in your own bed sometimes." Roberts was extremely popular in Baltimore, but during the later stages of his career he played sparingly because of a variety of injuries -- most notably a concussion that impacted his 2011 and 2012 seasons. Being healthy with the Yankees was just what he wanted when he opted to play another year. "Its been great. Thats all I was hoping for this year was to have the opportunity to get out and play on a consistent basis and feel healthy and feel like I was contributing," Roberts said. "From that standpoint, its certainly been a year Ive been pleased with." Playing with the Orioles, however, was tough to beat. "Certainly the 13 years that I had in Baltimore were the best years of my life," Roberts said. "No one can take that away from us. Very appreciative to have those years. And now, to do this is just something new." New York manager Joe Girardi expected Roberts to get a warm reception from the fans at Camden Yards. "He put up a lot of big numbers here, did a lot of great things here," Girardi said. "He was a fan favourite for a long time here, so I would hope they would greet him well." When Roberts got to the plate in the second inning, he received a smattering of applause. He then drove the first pitch from Miguel Gonzalez over the right-field scoreboard for his fifth home run of the year. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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