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The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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Jonathan Bernier left last night's game, now we know why...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Truth be told, this is no way to start a battle to become the No. 1 goalie of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Jonathan Bernier readily admits that he’s allowed a steady stream of pucks through his legs over the last month – “Plenty … a lot,” he said – while adjusting to the new shrinking standard of goalie pads that will be introduced around the NHL this season.
As you might imagine, the changes aren’t very popular among the goaltending fraternity. Each of them has had the height of his pad reduced by between one and three inches as part of new regulations designed to help increase scoring.
Goalies are expected to become particularly vulnerable through the five-hole, where the top of their pads will cover much less space when they drop down to make a save.
“I changed my style a little bit,” said Bernier. “I think everyone’s going to have to adjust. Everyone is starting from scratch.”
from Arpon Basu of NHL.com.
Jonathan Bernier stepped on the ice at the Montreal Canadiens' practice facility Tuesday wearing enemy colors, and he couldn't have been happier.
Bernier was one of four NHL goaltenders taking part in the CCM/Reebok Goalie Summit, a gathering that allows them to try on their new pads and shoot some promotional material for the company that gears them up to face NHL shooters.
For Bernier, it was the first time he pulled on the famed blue and white of his new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he was smiling from ear to ear at the sight of himself.
"It's my first time wearing this jersey," he told NHL.com before heading off for a photo shoot. "It looks pretty good."
continued with notes on MA Fleury, JS Giguere and Corey Crawford...
Bernier's got the pedigree as a former first rounder to at least be a solid bet. After years of patching and hoping with the likes of Andrew Raycroft, J.S. Aubin, Vesa Toskala and Jonas Gustafsson, this represents at the very least the possibility that the Leafs can ease the uncertainty in the crease for a few seasons.
-Damien Cox on Toronto trading for Jonathan Bernier earlier today. More on the trade from Cox at The Spin.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For all those Maple Leafs fans who weren’t quite sure what to make of Sunday’s big trade, consider this message from the man who was worked most closely with Jonathan Bernier the past several years.
'He’s the real deal," Kings goalie Bill Ranford told ESPN.com Sunday. "He’s really highly regarded by us. He’s not only a great goalie but he’s a great person. They’re going to love him there."
I can tell you that for GM Dean Lombardi and the rest of the Kings front office, this was a tough pill to swallow. They feel they’re trading away a future star, franchise goalie. But they had to. You can’t keep two star goalies in a cap system, not with the cap going down next season and the Kings needing to re-up Slava Voynov (done) and Rob Scuderi (not done yet) and other RFAs.
And there was a promise to keep. Lombardi, true to his word, told Bernier a year ago that he’d deal him either at the trade deadline or before the draft, a promise he reiterated at the player-exit meetings a few weeks ago, providing he could find a deal that made sense for the Kings.
from Jon Rosen of FSWest,
Los Angeles will not be pressed to make a trade until its own needs in the 2012-13 season are more clearly identified and more potential trade partners enter the mix.
What happens if Ilya Bryzgalov continues to underwhelm in Philadelphia? It would not be a shock to see Lombardi re-establish his trade route with the Flyers, an organization able to offer assets more interesting than perhaps the Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs.
What happens if another team loses a starter to injury and offers up a first round draft pick more appealing than the L.A. and New York-acquired picks that Columbus has stockpiled? Varlamov, though he was traded during the 2011 offseason, was exchanged for a first round pick that ended up being 11th overall when he was sent to Colorado after having logged only 3,416 minutes in Washington.
For the Kings, what happens if Simon Gagne, who has missed an average of 30.2 games due to injury for the last five years, suffers a long-term injury? What if that coincides with an uninspiring regular season from Dustin Penner, and all of a sudden there are openings for a quality top-six left winger that Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King aren’t ready to fill?
If Bernier’s unhappiness over his role with the team remains out of the locker room and more teams enter trade discussions to drive up his price, both Bernier and the Kings will be better served. If he chooses to force the issue earlier than is comfortable for the team, the rebuilding Blue Jackets become a prime target.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Now that everyone knows that the L.A. Kings’ young goaltender Jonathan Bernier has requested a trade, he’s likely severely impacted his own less-than-spectacular trade value for more than the obvious reasons.
Not only has it been announced to one and all that he wants to leave, he’s also cast some aspersions on his own character by wanting to leave a championship team immediately after its success, because he can’t see himself playing enough behind Jonathan Quick.
It indicates he has no sense of patience or development. It indicates he wants to rush himself into a starting position, apparently for-getting that goaltenders now can play into their 40s if they keep themselves in great physical condition.
from Frozen Royalty,
...But the big question is, in September, when the Kings open their 2008-09 training camp, even if Bernier once again shows that he is their best goalie, will they give him that chance, knowing that they are likely to once again struggle mightily and compete for last place in the NHL standings (and the first selection in the 2009 draft that comes with it) as opposed to a playoff berth?
To be sure, if the Kings decide to once again send him down rather than expose him to another porous defense and another a losing atmosphere, Lombardi and Hextall will very likely have to do some damage control for Bernier’s psyche.
“I’ll be mad, really mad,” Bernier said about that possibility. “But it depends on so many things. If I come here and don’t deserve to stay here—last year, I thought I deserved to stay here. That’s why I was so mad. But if I come here and I have a bad camp, they have the right to send me down.”
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Jonathan Bernier is heading back to junior hockey.
Sources tell TSN the Los Angeles Kings are in the process of returning the 19-year-old underage netminder to Lewiston of the Quebec League. He is expected to be back with his junior team as early as tomorrow.
Updated 6:32pm ET:
Kings activate Jean-Sebastien Aubin from IR.
from the LA Times,
By the time Bernier arrived at training camp, the Kings were eager to see what he could do and he was added to the goaltending mix with Dan Cloutier, Jason LaBarbera and Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
“I got to camp, there were three veteran goalies, so I said to tell myself, ‘Just play like I know and just worry about the game,’ ” Bernier said. “And that’s what I did.”
“You don’t want to get too overly excited, but he’s showing some very good poise in the net,” said Coach Marc Crawford, who last Friday sent Cloutier to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. “For a goalie to play at this age, they need to have a real strong fundamental game.
“He has a sound package, especially with his skating. . . . He has a great foundation to his goaltending game.”
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