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James Reimer, a future Flames goaltender?


Could James Reimer become the answer to the Calgary Flames goaltending issues?

Well, some of the details still have to be ironed out. The first, of course, is coming to terms on a deal the cash-strapped Flames can afford. The Flames need a goalie, or two perhaps. Sportrac shows his contract to be in the 2 millon dollar range.

Re-signing Joni Ortio would be a no brainer for the Flames, after being called up you can really tell he wants it. There’s no question that Calgary’s crease has been a mess this year, and finding a stellar goalie has been their biggest priority. Reimer has 215 NHL games under belt, and definitely fits the bill.

He’s a humble kid from Arborg, Manitoba whose path to the NHL included three years with the Red Deer Rebels as well as stints in the ECHL and the AHL before playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs for six years.

He admits this summer will be an exciting one for him. “I’ve never been through this in my career and it will an interesting experience,” Reimer insists he will go into the UFA process with an open mind. “You just want an opportunity to play and lead a team. That’s the dream, right?”

The easiest way for the Flames to address their goaltending needs would be via the free agency, meaning Reimer and another former Red Deer Rebel, Cam Ward, would likely be at the top of their list. The Flames also have a couple of extra draft picks to help with offers via the trade market should they desire that route. The possibilities are endless.


Codi Hawkes is a born and raised Calgarian who has a passion for hockey. Growing up Codi was a Calgary Flames enthusiast, with that comes memories of the 2003-2004 Stanley Cup finals at the young age of six, and the 2014-2015 season by finishing third in the Pacific Division the qualified for their first Flames playoff appearance since '09. He is currently a sportswriter and blogger for which posts all NHL news. Codi covers the league’s top stories, and is currently considering Journalism studies at SAIT this Fall.
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