As the Toronto Maple Leafs clear out their lockers on Monday, Maple Leafs’ starting goalie James Reimer received some warming news that the reason his 2011/12 season ended quickly after his last game on March 23 because Reimer re-aggravated a prior neck injury. Yes, I said neck injury, not a concussion (or concussion like symptoms), but a neck injury.
Reimer received this news when he visited a neck specialist in Montreal over the weekend. The doctor said that…
the injury that forced his season into a premature end was not a concussion, as once thought
“He said it was pretty much neck-related,” Reimer said of his meeting with the specialist. “It’s something that’s really fixable. It should be no problem going forward.”
The re-aggravation of Reimer’s neck came from when the captain of the Montreal Canadiens Brian Gionta elbowed Reimer in the head during a game on October 22nd 2011. An incident which essential threw off Reimer’s performance for the rest of the season. But what’s important here is that it was neck injury, that is fixable and not a concussion of any sorts.
This native of Manitoba finished of his 2011/12 season with a 14-14-4 record. Along with a .900 save percentage and a 3.10 goals against average, with three shutouts recorded.
Overall, a well below average performance for Reimer, if one compares with the performance he put on during his rookie year. Reimer essentially played 201 more minutes last season over this year.
All Leafs fans can hope for is that this off-season will help heal Reimer 100% and the training camp be a stepping stone for a great 2012/13 campaign. Along with some much needed additional help in net from a net-minder not named Jonas Gustavsson.
Source – http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/leafs-goaltender-james-reimer-has-neck-injury-not-concussion/
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