Leafs sign Jonathan Bernier to 2-year, $5.8 million deal (2.9m AAV)

Leafs sign Jonathan Bernier to 2-year, $5.8 million deal (2.9m AAV)

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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).

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
974 comments
CallumConnorKnight
CallumConnorKnight

I guess we mind as well keep Liles right?? maybe he'll bounce back this year with Carlyle not having any other options.

Irishfanman
Irishfanman

Forwards

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Manitoba Ontario Manitoba

CallumConnorKnight
CallumConnorKnight

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.

Irishfanman
Irishfanman

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?

leafmealone
leafmealone

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.

maximus_asinus
maximus_asinus

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.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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....

mcloki
mcloki

@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.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@-Keon- It wasn't that long ago that Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and even Montreal were in financial crisis because of the .70 Canadian dollar. Ottawa was in bankruptcy twice.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@-Keon- And that article is actually conservative in that Canadian dollars accounted for 40% of the league's revenue before Winnipeg was added. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@-Keon- Let's do it Nonis! Would be a great partner for Phaneuf. The cost would be pricey though.

Zep2
Zep2

@-Keon- Morning all. Peitreangelo would command a quite a return.

 Its too bad Cliff got caught up in McGuires  Monsterhype over Schenn and didnt try to move up higher for Pietreangelo

JVR,S TURNED OUT TO BE A NICE CONSO;ATION PRIZE THOUGH

leafmealone
leafmealone

@-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.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Cameron19 @-Keon- Again, the cap is BS.  Canadian teams should rise up to reclaim our right to parity.  Our taxes place us at a disadvantage - maybe our weather as well.  We produce a disproportionate amount of revenue.  The NHL blows basically

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Xxxxxnew @Irishfanman @Cameron19 I'd like them to package Kulemin for a star player.  For me, preferably another winger, but if it's a young, stud D, fine, I guess...And Kulemin is one of my favorite players, but I've just accepted that Carlyle is uber-xenophobic. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

@Irishfanman @Cameron19 The think is Kuli has been effective even when he hasn't been scoring. Defensively solid. And doesn't whine about defence.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 @Cameron19 @CallumConnorKnight 

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I think:

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Kadri, 3 years at 3.25 million

Franson, 3 years at 3.50 million (possibly only 2)

Gunnar, 4 years at 3.00 million

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Gunnar is the one we might be able to get for less, I think. 


Cameron19
Cameron19

@Loric76 @CallumConnorKnight Defensive guys just rarely get paid the same as offensive guys though. Plus, Gunnar's a Swede, and they always seem more reasonable in negotiations.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Loric76 @4evrblue @TheCanucksnaphook I don't want to lie to myself right now, I don't think Burke would have done this. He hardly ever signs great high end guys for longer than 5 years, let alone overpay a 3rd liner for 7. Im not even disappointed with Clarkson, I think I'm really going to enjoy watching him but I've said for a long time now that I was terrified of the contract they might give him and it was worse than I had feared. 

Bozie too is a player I can live with on this team but with his contract comes expectations to stay in the top 6 and I don't think he belongs there. Again I've always said I'd like to see us get a true top 6 C and have Bozie on the 3rd line, thats not an option anymore. 

For a long time I suggested Bernier as an option for trade and people called me a fool, I thought it would be nice to have a developing goalie on a developing team. I thought I had what I wanted anyway in Reimer and we no longer needed Bernier. Then they trade for him and overpay him. Sad really. 

I honestly thought things were looking up with Nono when he demoted/traded the vets, it was the right move at the time. I thought it was a signal of getting younger with guys like Kadri and Joe but now it looks like he just wanted to clear out Burkes mistakes so he could make his own. It appears he is bending to demands for immediate success from above instead of fighting to stick with the slow steady build that finally got us into the playoffs and on the right track. NoNo would have to make some pretty suave moves to win back my support. I want him fired now.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Xxxxxnew @Cameron19 @leafmealone I was wrong too.  We got much better value for White than Bernier, but just another of hundreds of examples of how fans of this team grossly over-rate the consistently under-criticized players and prospects of other organizations.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@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. 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@-Keon- One problem: His inflated shooting percentage. He will almost certainly score less goals/game unless his number of shots on goal increases significantly. 

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@Shift_Disturber1 That seems perfectly reasonable to me. RC has more flexibility now and should play the hotter line/players on any give night.

Eye of the Tiger
Eye of the Tiger

@Greg Fenton @-Keon- We already have a 25 year old, six foot five defenseman who has played 243 games in the NHL scoring 23g 77a for 100 pts (4g, 25a, 29 pts in 48 last season) His name is Franson. Pieterangelo was 5g,19a, 24 pts last season.  Why give up anything when our answer may be already in the lineup? If Franson continues his steady progression of the last two years, we may already have our number 1 D.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Greg Fenton @WendelGilmour @-Keon- Mind you, Wellwood was pretty impressive, even with that considered.  I think it's clear that Kadri is a better talent though, whatever argument you might make about other player's and their junior careers. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Greg Fenton @WendelGilmour @-Keon- Wellwood came up during a time where scoring was through the roof though.   The numbers have changed drastically since then. Not quite as severe, but like comparing Crosby to Gretzky based on points - different eras. 

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Wellwood had 2 guys on his team with almost identical PPG numbers and over 100 points. Just doesn't happen anymore...

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@Greg Fenton @WendelGilmour @-Keon- I agree it's not a given, but I see enough to want us to keep and develop them here.

Kadri has some intangibles that Wellwood clearly doesn't, which will drive Naz to succeed. 

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@Greg Fenton @WendelGilmour @-Keon- I've been following Naz since he was an OHL rookie, and he's flourished at every level, so imo he's different than Kuli or wellwood.

I like Pietrangelo, and would love to have him, but I would sooner deal older players for him than Kadri and Gards.

WendelGilmour
WendelGilmour

@Greg Fenton @WendelGilmour @-Keon- Seriously? Jesus, he had 44 points in 48 games. 50 points in a season would be disastrous for Kadri.

Imo Kadri is far more likely to be battling with Kessel for the points lead in a couple of years.

I didn't value Gards as much as many, but he sure looked good at the end of the year.