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Next To Be Traded? Reimer Hasn’t Talked With Grier About His Sharks’ Future

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Who will the San Jose Sharks trade next?

The team dealt Matt Nieto with Ryan Merkley a couple of weeks ago to the Colorado Avalanche. Yesterday, the club traded Jaycob Megna to a divisional rival in the Seattle Kraken.

Is veteran goaltender James Reimer next?

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If it is, Reimer isn’t too worried about it.

The pending UFA is familiar with the rumors that come at this time of year. In 2016, he was traded before the Trade Deadline to San Jose from the Toronto Maple Leafs. As part of the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, he’s also been subject of trade rumors.

“At the end of the day, it’s something you can’t control. With things you can’t control, you just don’t give it too much thought,” Reimer noted about the persistent trade rumors. “Whatever happens will happen, so all you try to focus on is just playing hard and being a good teammate and giving it your all every day.”

The San Jose Sharks netminder also recognizes there is still a strong possibility that he is not dealt.

“I’ve been around a long time, and even when things seemed imminent with other players in the past, all of a sudden, nothing happens,” he shared.

Case in point: Reimer with the Sharks at the Trade Deadline last year.

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He continued: “Lots of names been thrown around across a lot of years I’ve been in the league. So, it’s one of those things where you just don’t worry about it too much.”

Reimer, however, did share that he has not talked with general manager Mike Grier about his future with the club, be it trade or extension. Reimer’s positive nature and calm leadership is an asset, after all, for even a franchise at the outset of a rebuild.

“Obviously, there’s things that happen behind closed doors,” he noted, “but I haven’t spoken with Mike yet.”

Grier’s aggressiveness in dealing Nieto and Megna well before the Mar. 3 Trade Deadline has been striking though.

Reimer put up a .911 Save % and 2.90 Goals Against Average for the Sharks last season. This campaign has been tougher, seeing the 34-year-old register a .895 Save % and 3.31 GAA.

This year’s numbers are below the league average, and Reimer isn’t necessarily a clear-cut starter, like he is on the San Jose Sharks, on other NHL teams, especially the playoff squads.

However, he would still be a solid addition for a contender looking to shore up their goaltending depth. In his first 12 years in the league, Reimer has always enjoyed a Save % above .900, and he has played more than half his team’s schedule four times.

So he’s been a capable 1A/1B goaltender for much of his career.

What’s that worth this Trade Deadline? We’re about to find out.

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