NHL Notes: Reimer, Leafs avoid arbitration

NHL Notes: Reimer, Leafs avoid arbitration
July 25, 2014, 6:45 pm
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James Reimer was 12-16-1 with a 3.29 GAA and .911 save percentage last season backing up Jonathan Bernier. (USA Today Images)

TORONTO -- Goalie James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a two-year contract Friday.

Reimer, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to go to arbitration Monday. He will get $2.6 million this season and $2 million in 2015-16.

Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season, but was forced into service with Toronto's playoff hopes on the line when Bernier sustained a knee injury that ended his season.

The 26-year-old goalie was 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average last season. In four seasons with Toronto, he's 65-48-15 with a 2.85 GAA.

Capitals: 1st Australian player drafted signed
ARLINGTON, Virginia -- The Washington Capitals have signed forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian player to be drafted by an NHL team.

The 20-year-old Walker was selected in the third round of last month's draft. He signed a standard three-year, entry-level contract Friday.

Walker was born in Wales but spent his early childhood in Australia before moving to the Czech Republic.

Walker became the first Aussie in the American Hockey League when he played for the Hershey Bears, the Capitals' AHL affiliate. He had five goals, six assists and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with Hershey last season.

Red Wings: Ferraro inked to 1-year deal
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Landon Ferraro to a one-year contract.

The team did not announce terms of the deal Friday.

The 22-year-old Ferraro made his NHL debut for the Red Wings in March. He ended up playing four games with Detroit, averaging 8:58 of ice time.

He also played 70 games with the team's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids, scoring 15 goals with 16 assists.

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