Jonathan Bernier will earn $1,100,000 more than James Reimer next season despite being considerably less proven. We’re almost in a position now where we’re hoping Bernier takes over the number one spot. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
The Leafs have now forfeited Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, a 2nd round pick and about $2.5 million in cap space (Bernier contract + 500k retained salary – Scrivens contract) to add Bernier to the fold. Guess he better live up to the hype.
The price makes some sense when you consider Bernier would have been very vulnerable to an offer sheet if left unsigned much longer. That hurts Nonis’ leverage in this negotiation and is likely why Bernier was the first notable RFA signed by the team. That was part of the risk the Leafs took on by acquiring Bernier.
The Leafs have 10 million in cap space remaining with RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, Joe Colborne and Mark Fraser left to re-sign.
Bernier will be an RFA at the expiration of his new deal (July 1, 2015).
Are the Leafs any better after two weeks of mayhem?:
I guess we mind as well keep Liles right?? maybe he'll bounce back this year with Carlyle not having any other options.
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@Irishfanman Which one of these is not like the others....
10 mil in cap room still with must signs in Kadri(3250000?) Franson(3250000?) Gunnersson(2750000?) and Colborne(1250000?) takes that space up.. hopefully we can move Liles to sure up our 3rd line, and hopefully a guy like Holzer or Brennan is ready to play in the bigs.
@Loric76 Around 9am, I just started drinking...
@-Keon- Ha, I would have been much happier if I had...
We have added cycle players, net presence and grit with Bolland and Clarkson. Grabbo and Mac were peripheral players too small to provide net drive and presence and cycle. I won't miss Grabbo skating wide and shooting high, nor Mac's inconsistent physical play. Gonna miss Komorov's antics. Leafs signed a forward named Trevor Smith and a D named Kevin Marshall...anyone have knowledge on those two?
@Irishfanman We traded for Marshall last year. 24 or 25 year old physical left side D for the Marlies. Trevor Smith was WBS's (PIT) top center. The Marlies are woefully depleted at center with Colborne most likely being a Leaf or trade bait. so he was signed so that Leivo, Biggs, Ashton and so forth have someone to play with.
So, just for anyone else who finds this funny. Yesterday, when Hockeybuzz added Bernier's name to the update list for new signings, it read (G Steve Bernier). I immediately lol'd, and figured someone would catch on and update it, but it's still there right now. Way to go Eklund. This is about what I'd expect after reading some of the bloggers you employ on that site.
@leafmealone that is funny
@leafmealone I remember suggesting once that we trade Ian White for Steve Bernier, but people here told me I was insane and wearing blue and white goggles because Bernier was a franchise player in the making....
@-Keon- Hey, some of the bloggers on there are OK. They do a decent job of reporting on their team.
But there are more than a few who could qualify as worst hockey blog on the internet. I certainly don't go there for rumours, so I could care less about that aspect of the site. For the most part, it's like watching Jerry Springer back in the day, good for a few laughs at other people being stupid.
I had a few beers last night and thought over the recent transactions. We have lost a lot when it comes to speed (Frattin, MacArthur, Grabovski). I don't think we can consider ourselves a top flight team anymore. That being said, this might be a good thing. We relied on keeping the team to the outside to take away chances and used thequick counter attack to create offense. But more often than not we spent the majority of games in our own zone. With the addition of Bolland and Clarkson, maybe we can cut down the time we spend in our own zone by effectively cycling the puck in the offensive zone. More Ozone time means less shots and less work for our defense and goalie. I think we are now stronger defensively with the addition of these two forwards.
@maximus_asinus Bolland is as fast as Grabovski, so we didn't lose any speed there. We definitely lose it on the Clarkson/Frattin swap though. It remains to be seen who slots in for MacArthur, but if it's D'Amigo, than that might be a speed upgrade as well - although, I doubt D'Amigo has anywhere near the same offensive contributions; at least not initially.
@WendelGilmour @Cameron19 @maximus_asinus Bolland and Clarkson help in that regard, but we still have a ways to go. Of course, there may be natural improvement from J.V.R. and Kadri in that respect, too. I really think we need to capitalize if a speedy, star winger becomes available though. If we can't have the guys we really want down the middle, than I say we keep building on our strength and create the strongest wings in the league.
@maximus_asinus Nice Insight. We needed to develop a cycle game on at least one line. We didn't have that last year. But I feel this is going to be a very good team.
@maximus_asinus our biggest loss is in the depth department