Yesterday we took a shot at a mock arbitration between Jonathan Bernier and the Leafs, with Cat and I acting as the two parties and Jon stepping in as arbitrator. In our discussions leading up to the piece, we figured Bernier should shoot for a mind-boggling amount of money since, given his workload as a starter, he’d obviously want to create a huge gap between his number and the team’s, and try to settle a couple million below. It’s just the way arbitration goes.
Brayden Holtby, for example, asked for 8-million dollars per year in arbitration last week, but ended up settling for just 6.1-million. For that reason we pinned Bernier with a ridiculous 6.5-million dollar ask, thinking he’d like to come down in the area of 5-million AAV. The number he’s actually asking for, as reported by Chris Johnston this morning, is much lower.
The briefs have been filed in the #leafs Jonathan Bernier arbitration case.
Player asks: $5.1M.
Team offers: $2.89M.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2015
As Kevin McGran of the Star went on to note, from the Leafs’ side that 2.89-million is the lowest they can possibly offer, at 85% of Bernier’s previous salary. Or, you know, the most Lou Lamoriello thing ever.
Cat looked deeper into what we might expect for Bernier’s new cap hit just a few weeks back, and eventually came to a number somewhere in the $4.1-4.5M range, which, given where the two sides sit currently, will likely be dead on.