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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Low-Balling Jonathan Bernier?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs asked an impartial arbitrator to award goaltender Jonathan Bernier the minimum amount possible in a brief filed to both sides on Wednesday, calling for an award of $2.89 million on a one-year deal.

The minimum award for restricted free agents in salary arbitration is 85 per cent of their previous season's salary, which for Bernier was $3.4 million.

Bernier, 26, is the only one of 23 players in the arbitration process this summer to receive a filed offer from his club below what he earned last season. The Maple Leafs did not issue Bernier a qualifying offer in June equal to his $3.4 million salary and instead opted for arbitration, where they had to option to offer 85 per cent.

Bernier's camp, led by agent Pat Brisson, asked the arbiter for an award of $5.1 million. The two sides are $2.21 million apart heading into the scheduled hearing on Friday morning.

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awould's avatar

I imagine Bernier is probably insulted.

Posted by awould on 07/29/15 at 02:07 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Trade players to get rid of locker room attitude problems and issues and then turn around and create some more issues…. There must be something in the water in Toronto.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/29/15 at 03:16 PM ET

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*palm to forehead*

Negotiation 101:
If you want a lower price, start lower than what you want to pay.

Negotiation 102:
If you want someone to actually work with you, don’t give them insultingly low offers to begin with.  Resentment will lead to harder negotiations in the future.

Posted by neffernin on 07/29/15 at 05:22 PM ET

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