Blackhawks: Trading For James Reimer

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Another goaltending option for the Blackhawks as they move forward is James Reimer who has once again solidified himself as a starting goaltender, and would be a more trustworthy option than what the team has now. The 34 year old is a very solid veteran player, with 433 games under his belt. Reimer has spent time with Toronto, Florida, Carolina and most recently has begun his second career stint with the San Jose Sharks. 

Last season with the struggling Sharks, Reimer had a 19-17-10 record with a 2.90GAA and a .911SV%. He stands 6’3 and weighs 205 pounds, and after proving himself to be a trustworthy option in the blue paint with a rebuilding team, the Blackhawks making a move to bring him in wouldn’t be a bad idea. He can likely play 50-55 games barring injuries, and would be a good mentor for guys like Soderblom and Commesso when they finally get their shots in the NHL. 

Reimer signed a 2 year contract with the Sharks last season worth $2.25M AAV. He'd have to waive his no trade clause to join the Blackhawks, but for one year it’s worth it. He could be a guy that comes in and immediately fixes the problems in the room if there are any, and keeps all the younger guys in check with the struggles of losing. 

Reimer shouldn’t be that expensive either. Trading a 3rd round pick with an AHL player or a B level prospect isn’t gonna hurt the Blackhawks in the long run if he doesn’t pan out. His stats are good enough to show he can be trusted to play back to back long stretches, and teams are always after him when he hits free agency. A leader like Reimer is a player that would definitely help the teams overall morale, as they try to build a brand new culture in Chicago.