Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Coming off a season in which he led the Toronto Maple Leafs to their first playoff berth in eight seasons it would have been easy for goaltender James Reimer to take the acquisition of Jonathan Bernier personally instead Reimer says he's looking forward to the competition and intends to support the former Kings backup as much as he can. “First and foremost we wear the same jersey so you're a good guy you're a good teammate and you look out for your teammates but aside from that both of us are going to want to be the starter and definitely I want to keep that and want to be the guy for our team and be the guy that wins us a cup” Reimer said. “That'll add some good competition and hopefully we can push each other and pile up a lot of wins for our team.” Speaking with Gareth Wheeler Wednesday on Blue Lunch on TSN 1050 the 25-year-old incumbent said he's focused on winning the no. 1 job but it won't be at the expense of undermining his teammate. “It's really important to get along” Reimer said. “I think when you do and you play similar and you're on the same page I think it gives you another set of eyes almost like a goalie coach sitting on the bench watching you play every game.” Despite battling through a strained MCL which caused him to miss seven games the fourth-year pro posted the best save percentage and goals against marks of his career. Having to battle his way up from the AHL and East Coast League Reimer is used to having to prove his worth to coaches and management. “It shouldn't really matter who's behind you or who's ahead of you when you step onto the ice and you're the guy in net you want to stop as many pucks as possible and that's the kind of mentality I'll take” he said. Coming off the team's first playoff appearance since prior to the 2004-05 lockout GM Dave Nonis took an active approach in the off-season adding forwards Dave Bolland and David Clarkson in addition to Bernier. “They'll bring a lot to our team obviously being from the Toronto area that adds a little jump in their step” Reimer said of the Mimico natives. “Anytime you're playing in front of family and friends it's an extra boost…They're great universal players that can play in many different situations.”
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