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Leafs goaltender James Reimer calls looming NHL trade deadline "a distraction''

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 1:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Leafs goaltender James Reimer calls looming NHL trade deadline "a distraction''

TORONTO - James Reimer will be glad once the NHL's trade deadline passes.

The Toronto goaltender said following Tuesday's practice the looming deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday is a huge distraction, especially with the Maple Leafs looking at adding a veteran netminder for the stretch run.

Thankfully for Reimer, Toronto is in the midst of a four-day break as they prepare to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Reimer says not having any games to play leading up to the deadline makes dealing with the uncertainty easier.

Reimer and backup Ben Scrivens have been solid this season, helping Toronto to sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

But neither have any NHL playoff experience, and the Leafs have reportedly received permission from the Calgary Flames to speak with goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff's agent about the 36-year-old veteran netminder.

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He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter