Anybody who takes rumours at this time of year at face value is either new to hockey and the internet or still reading Hockeybuzz. I’m neither of those. These Jonathan Bernier to Toronto rumours seem like nonsense, and I don’t want to believe them. I really don’t.
Other bloggers have addressed this already, so I won’t retread the obvious. Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs makes no sense. Why on Earth would the Leafs give up assets for him? James Reimer proved all he could possibly prove this season, and all of the underlying numbers indicate he’s on track for a career as a reliable number one, and a good one at that. Ben Scrivens was solid as a back up, and especially when taking the reigns after Reimer fell to injury. Scrivy made a big contribution to the Leafs’ eventual playoff berth when he took over the net last February and posted a 6-3 record with two shutouts. Jonathan Bernier, while a promising young goalie in the sense that he was drafted high and hasn’t got his crack at the starter’s role yet, has proven nothing. He’s played like 25 more games than Scrivens.
For the most part, the Bernier rumours strike me as bullshit. The Leafs are just the throw-in for the sake of retweets, page views, and all the reaction that comes with the Leafs being linked to a trade target. We’ve seen this all before.
But I can’t help but think back to the Miikka Kiprusoff rumours at the deadline. At first I wanted to dismiss them as laughable, page-view generating fiction. Then, they pretty much turned out to be true; Dave Nonis did request permission to Kiprusoff, he reportedly expressed an interest in extending his contract to play in Toronto (while widely reported, Nonis did not confirm that part), and Kiprusoff would have been a Leaf if he was willing to uproot his family and come to Toronto as opposed to his chosen path of retirement in Calgary.
I’m not going to blame Dave Nonis for the existence of the rumour mill that surrounds his team. We don’t know how true these Bernier rumours are. I try to rationalize that the idea behind Kiprusoff was the experience angle, given the Leafs were headed toward the playoffs. But I do wonder if we’re hearing the same garbage (if that’s all it is) about the Leafs and Bernier if Nonis doesn’t show an active interest in Mikka Kiprusoff and instead gives Reimer the clear vote of confidence he deserved last trade deadline. More worryingly, I also wonder if these Bernier rumours might have something to them. While Tim Lieweke refreshingly heaped praise on Reimer a few weeks back, we haven’t heard Dave Nonis or someone in the front office call Reimer “the” guy. Maybe this is a symptom of the change in managerial tone away from the ‘Burkian’ outspokenness, and evidence of the more conservative Dave Nonis showing a hesitance toward applying the “anointing oil” to the young goalie.
That could be all it is, and these rumours could be just that – silly old late June rumours involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Probably, hopefully, that’s all it is. But I can’t say Nonis’ past actions or words have alleviated all of my concerns.
Anyway, just my .02.
A few updates from Dave Nonis today after the GM meetings:
Dave Nonis says talks aren’t far along with UFAs, which include Bozak and MacArthur.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 19, 2013
The Marlies should have a new coach in place by July 1, per Nonis. Interviews to start in the coming days.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 19, 2013
Nonis says trade talks are heating up now. Lots of teams want to deal. But all have same problems. Cap coming down.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) June 19, 2013
Dave Nonis says it’s a “distinct possibility” he’ll use a compliance buyout.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 19, 2013
UPDATE: Jonathan Bernier Traded To Leafs
David Bolland had 14 g, 20 a, 34 points in 43 playoff games in his first 3 playoff years as a Blackhawk.
Sequins has 6 g, 11 a, 17 points in 40 playoff games.
With a little hard work Sequins can aspire to reach the David Bolland level - third line center.
My that was a fun game to watch last night.
I especially loved watching Chara losing his cool as the game progressed.
He was whining at the refs like a little bitch!
Ok,big bitch haha
Here's a run down on all of Nonis's comments after the GM's meeting yesterday
Ok, just to be clear here. Nonis stated it's a distinct possibility that the Leafs will use a compliance buyout. his is NOT suggesting that the Leafs will trade for a Lecalvalier or DiPietro, then buy that type of player out. Did Loiselle suggest anything more daring than Nonis, and if so, how did he state his thoughts ? A buyout of Komisarek, or even Liles or Grabovski to a lesser extent, will all be very disappointing, after all the wild speculation I have read. The waiting is killing me.
Looks like Toews was watching film of JVR's work in front of the Bruins net. Stand beside Chara instead of in front of him. creates a bigger wall.
hahaha..I'd rather him take the summer off and party.
AHL first liner
@Loric76 Just a guess on my part but listening to Nonis and Loiselle the last week or so the cap space we get from buying out some of our own bad contracts is far more important then any return we can get from buying out someone's else's mistake .
@Loric76 Some people say its too much money for MLSE to spend for prospects, some say the Isles or Tb won't hand over prospects for cash, they can afford the buyouts. My conclusion is no one has a clue, but GMs seem to believe a deal is possible.
Seeing that Stern got his seven game final, you know Gary will pull out all stops to match :P
@mcloki Guessing a lot of talking heads will be changing their tune today . Yesterday they were anointing the Bruins as the greatest defensive team of all time lol
@Uncle Otis I've noticed that about Chara . Seems like he's thin skinned and hitting the fucker seems to throw him off his game doesn't it .
@canuckintheuk The SC should finish as quickly as possible so buy-outs and trading can start LOL
@Alec Brownscombe Good hockey though
Meh, the earliest it could have ended before tonight was Sunday, now the earliest it can end is Monday.
I think I can wait the extra 48 hours, in order to see the Beaners lose.
@Xxxxxnew Yeah, except for when he gets a goal and an assist with a +2 =).
Yea, he sorta looks like Kessel did vs. them in regular season games.
You should change your username to "Captain Obvious"
They are just glorified talking peewee soccer players, wherever the ball goes they all follow. The only guy who has been right is Cherry.
There were a few times he looked like Medical Alert Granny after falling :)
He can clearly dish it out,but can't take it.
Simply not used to that lack of respect...and the inability to club his foes like seals.
Flopping,tripping,moaning bitching Chara.
What a beautiful game.
@canuckintheuk @Burtonboy Nonis seems to lack confidence in Reimer. Maybe the plan is to acquire Bernier for Frattin., on a gentleman's promise not to trade him to the Oilers or Flames, trade Reimer to the Oilers or Flames to switch draft picks, and go for Monaghan. So they would have traded Frattin, taken a chance that Bernier is at least as good as Reimer, and gotten a future #1 centre. That's the only way I would accept going for Bernier as reasonable. Barely reasonable
@canuckintheuk @Burtonboy From the sounds of what he was saying I'm guessing upgrading at goal is low on his totem pole. He'll inquire but I don't see him giving up a player like Frattin . Fratts is cheap right now and cheap is critical going forward. What happens with Bozak and Grabo is going to be a lot more interesting and probably a much higher prority for Nonis
Nope, but there is a 5th game coming up on Saturday ;)
@Clark17 @Alec Brownscombe For sure. Usually I don't want hockey to end for the year. Emotionally I need to move on from these playoffs, lol.
He bails a lot earlier. Spends way more time standing still off by the boards. Kess would carry the puck a lot further and bail if he was about to get killed.
Just thought JVR could use some help over the course of the season,doing the piñata in front of the net.
I think McLaren would be excellent at the job.
Funny you mention,as watching Bickell crowd Rask last night made me wonder if McLaren could do the same on the PP?
His hands aren't that bad in tight.
There's a big difference between Nonis lacking confidence that Reims is a true 1G that can carry through the playoffs and simply being concerned about his ability to stay healthy. I can see the latter but I'd be shocked if it was the former.
@canuckintheuk @Burtonboy Frattin wqas the speculated asking price at the deadline for Bernier so I guess that why that notion has returned . Unless its a major upgrade to a stud starter I honestly don't see him moving on it . He said upgrades wherever he can so its going to have to be a pretty good goalie to upgrade Reimer . Cap is obviously the key issue for all of the GM'S. Can't see for the life of me keeping both Grabo and Bozak and maybe he will let both go ,who knows. Unless of course he intends to move Naz or Colborne.
As for the buyouts they may have no choice but use both themselves just to get the cap space needed in the next couple of yrs. Buying out someones else's problem doesn't help our cap situation . It help theirs.
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My bad, that's what I meant to write.
Reimer still comes up lower down the page, as does Varlamov
Yea, but if it wasn't for the media, nobody would have ever noticed.
They blew that out of proportion.
I actually think Reimer's glove hand is above average.