There was some good news on the injury front Friday as James Reimer took to the ice for 15 minutes of drills with goaltending coach Francois Allaire and strength coach Anthony Belza.
Reimer moved side-to-side following the puck as Allaire and Belza passed the puck back-and-forth. He also faced shots from in close and the slot.
Reimer has made progress off the ice which led to him testing himself on the ice.
“He was on the ice today, he will do a little bit more tomorrow and then we will go from there,” Wilson said. “He said he felt fine but he was out there for only 15 minutes.”
Reimer isn’t at the point where he will practice Saturday and be ready for the game Sunday in Carolina.
“He won’t be playing for at least another seven-10 days if everything goes smoothly,” Wilson added.
The Leafs will continue to work Reimer back up to where he was prior to his injury. It has been almost a month that the Morweena, Manitoba native has been sidelined.
“This is a process that is going to take a little bit of time to get him ready,” Wilson said. “He hasn’t really done anything in a month and so he had probably fallen off on his conditioning.”
Ben Scrivens and Reimer are very good friends and when the injured Leafs netminder was on the ice, Scrivens came out to watch for a few minutes.
“It’s great to see him back out there,” Scrivens said. “He is a huge part of this team and the sooner he can get back on the ice and help us contribute to the team’s success.”
Friday was an optional skate for the Leafs as they get set to Washington on Saturday. Reimer, Jonas Gustavsson, Jay Rosehill, Colton Orr and Matt Frattin were the only players on the ice.
The news for Matthew Lombardi and Mike Komisarek wasn’t as encouraging as both will be out of the lineup for at least three weeks with upper body injuries.
With the injuries continuing to mount, the Leafs will more than likely be making a few call ups from the Toronto Marlies who have been dealing with numerous hurts themselves.
“We have to figure out what we are going to do with call ups from the Marlies,” Wilson said.
“We’ll see how it goes tonight for the Marlies and hopefully first they win and second they don’t suffer anymore injuries and then we can bring some people up, one or two or whatever we need,” Wilson said.
Clarke MacArthur will not be in the lineup tomorrow and he is very doubtful for Sunday in Carolina. The Leafs hope that he could return next Tuesday in Tampa Bay. The status for Mike Brown for this weekend was still up in the air.
“Brown had an issue before the game (Thursday at Nashville) and we thought he would be able to play and so we are hopeful that he will be ready tomorrow but I can’t guarantee that,” Wilson added.
Check out video from Wilson, Scrivens and David Steckel.