BREAKING: Leafs acquire Jonathan Bernier from the Kings

Cam Charron
June 23 2013 11:00AM

Well, there you have it.

For the first time since the Ed Belfour era, the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't need a goaltender. Then they traded three assets for a man who is most likely to be the team's backup.

We'll have a little more on this later, but the initial prognosis is that that's a fairly underwhelming return for the Kings. We all know about Ben Scrivens (and we will miss him, he's probably the smartest NHLer in the game) but Matt Frattin isn't a player you can conceivably expect to play in your Top Six. He's a good bottom-end player with good forechecking ability and speed, but his finish and defensive game isn't necessarily there.

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Report: Toronto Maple Leafs in on Jonathan Bernier

Cam Charron
June 21 2013 03:11PM

There are now three separate media outlets and humans reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have more than a casual interest in the Los Angeles Kings' backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

Bernier is the same age as James Reimer, as half as much NHL experience and not as high of a save percentage in that brief span. If the Maple Leafs were to be making a deal for Bernier, they would be paying purely for potential because there just isn't enough evidence on the surface showing that Bernier has what it takes to be a capable starter in the NHL.

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June 21 2013 11:53AM


Terrible times today for our neighbours down the QEII highway as 100,000 people in 26 communities have been evacuated from their homes due to flooding by recent heavy rains.

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - June 21, 2013 "Don't Beat It Too Hard"

Steve Dangle
June 20 2013 11:51PM


On this episode, Sarah Connors phones in to talk about the Bruins' loss in Game 4, Adam and Steve talk Leafs (obvi), ans Steve challenges North Korea in a bid for a KHL team.

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What did locked-out NHL players make in the KHL?

Steve Dangle
June 20 2013 10:25AM


Since there is no KHL version of CapGeek, this little tidbit might interest you.

The KHL posted this on Thursday. The details are interesting. Full disclosure. 

As part of its continuing policy of financial transparency, the Kontinental Hockey League has published the total payments made by each club to locked-out NHL players hired during the dispute. These payments were made in accordance with last September’s amendment to KHL Regulations governing the signing by KHL clubs of NHL players in the event of a lockout. Those NHL men who played for KHL clubs during the lockout delighted the fans with displays of supreme skill and talent, setting a standard for world class performance and maintaining this standard throughout the season. The Kontinental Hockey League is therefore confident that the disclosure of such information can only have a positive effect on the game of hockey.

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