The end of a Long Weekend at Bernies

Jeff Veillette
July 10 2016 02:00PM

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There was always something interesting about the Jonathan Bernier era in Toronto. It started off with a move that was simultaneously unnecessary yet reasonable at the time, and it ended with the same. Bernier probably could have stuck around for a little while longer, and might have even boosted his own trade value as a sheltered backup. But outside of the world of statistical probability, his time had likely come. 

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9 Potential Backup Goalies the Leafs could Sign or Call Up Next Year

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 02:38PM

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It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have a goaltending debate once again. Jonathan Bernier is heading back to California to be the 863rd player in NHL history to wear both a Leafs and Ducks jersey in his career (don't fact check that), which leaves the Leafs with $4.1 million more cap space and a bunch of questions regarding the backup role.

After giving up a first and a second round pick for Frederik Andersen, let's assume the Leafs don't feel like selling the farm for a backup. If that's the case, what options are available on the market for the low asset cost of zero?

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Leafs trade Jonathan Bernier to Anaheim for Conditional Pick

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 10:07AM

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The Ducks giveth, and the Ducks taketh away. Just weeks after the Leafs acquired new starting goaltender Frederik Andersen from Anaheim, they've moved former starting goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Orange County team in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

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Why negotiating with Auston Matthews is unfair and unwise

Jeff Veillette
July 08 2016 02:10AM

June 24th was a great day in Toronto. Almost as great as April 30th, which gets the edge due to the additional layer of suspense, if nothing else. Fans got to see the Leafs select Auston Matthews, perhaps the best prospect the team has ever had, with a rarely-possessed first overall pick in the draft. He debuted the new Leafs uniform and seemed happy as heck to be here. He's been on the ice ever since, and now the 18-year-old is absolutely wrecking his future teammates at development camp.

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How the AHL's new fighting rules will affect the Marlies

Jeff Veillette
July 07 2016 03:19PM

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As the American Hockey League evolves themselves more and more into a highly skilled developmental league that competes with even Europe's best rosters, the league has done its best to minimize the "goon factor" of the league. Enforcers who no longer have jobs at the top are spilling over into new roles, and that can sometimes have distracting consequences.

To combat this, the league has announced new rules for acts of fisticuffs. They are as follows:

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