James Reimer was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes by the Florida Panthers on Sunday for goalie Scott Darling and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The 31-year-old goalie was 13-12-5 with a 3.09 goals-against average and .900 save percentage in 36 games (29 starts) for Florida last season, his third with the Panthers, who signed him to a five-year contract on July 1, 2016.
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He was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He is 144-120-39 with a 2.81 GAA, a .913 save percentage and 21 shutouts in 338 NHL games (306 starts) with the Panthers, Maple Leafs and San Jose Sharks. Reimer is 3-4 with a 2.82 GAA and .921 save percentage in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games (seven starts) with Toronto and San Jose.
Reimer was traded four days after longtime Florida goalie Roberto Luongo announced his retirement. The Panthers bought out Darling's contract on Monday, shortly after signing free agent goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract.
Florida also selected Spencer Knight, a goalie from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team, in the first round (No. 13) of the 2019 NHL Draft.
Darling was 2-4-2 with a 3.33 GAA and .884 save percentage in eight games last season with Carolina before the Hurricanes sent the 30-year-old to Charlotte of the American Hockey League. Carolina acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks on April 28, 2017, and he agreed to a four-year, $16.6 million contract (average annual value $4.15 million) seven days later.
The Blackhawks signed Darling as a free agent on July 1, 2014, and he backed up starter Corey Crawford on their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2015. He is 54-42-18 with a 2.72 GAA average, a .908 save percentage and four shutouts in 126 games (112 starts) with Chicago and Carolina. Darling was 3-1 with a 2.22 GAA and .936 percentage for Chicago in the 2015 playoffs, the only postseason action of his NHL career.