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from the CP at TSN,
People keep asking Jonathan Bernier if this is the best he's ever played, as though his re-emergence in Anaheim is some big surprise.
It's not a shock to the 28-year-old, who recently wrapped up a sterling March in which he went 10-1-2 with a cool .941 save percentage. Bernier has gone 12 straight starts without a regulation loss, thrusting himself unexpectedly into the goaltending conversation for the Ducks' upcoming playoff run.
"I've never lost confidence in myself to be honest," said Bernier during a recent phone interview from southern California.
"I always believed that I'm a good goalie and I can do the job in this league and obviously to have that stretch right now — I'm not trying to prove anything to people I think I'm just trying to get better every day for me. I only try to push myself. I'm not looking really at what people are saying or what they think it's just all about me (and what I think) right."
Loui Eriksson with an own goal, the only one Vancouver would allow in a 2-1 SO win over Calgary.
Below, Jonathan Bernier losses his net and the puck. Ducks lose to Penguins 3-2.
from Eric Stephens of the OCRegister,
Nowhere on his tattoo-laden torso does Jonathan Bernier have one that contains the saying “I Survived Toronto” on it, but you couldn’t blame him if he had that added in permanent ink.
You also couldn’t blame Bernier if he feels renewed these days. He is a member of the Ducks now, no longer having to carry the weight of the Toronto Maple Leafs and their expansive, critical fan base on his shoulders.
Bernier is no longer seen as the “franchise goalie” for the Leafs. He’s definitely not that with the Ducks, as John Gibson wears that label. That may be a good thing at this stage for the 28-year-old, who started his career as a can’t-miss first-round pick of the Kings.
“I think there’s less pressure overall,” Bernier said. “In this market, probably, it’s a lot different. It was a great experience in Toronto but it’s fun to be back here in Cali. Obviously I’m used to it a little bit with the Kings. It’s a completely different mindset and lifestyle as well.”
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
"I was expecting [the trade], it's a tough business. I was ready mentally for that," Bernier said. "I knew they were going to get someone. But to be honest I didn't expect a long-term deal like Freddy signed. At that point I knew it was better for me to go somewhere else because I wasn't in their future plan. That's why I'm excited."
It's a new challenge for Bernier, who has suddenly gone from being an undisputed No. 1 to battling for crease time with John Gibson, a potential franchise goalie who is four years Bernier's junior and is entering the first year of a three-year extension. But after a whirlwind three-year Toronto tenure that began with playoff hopes and ended with a top-to-bottom rebuild under new management, he hasn't been this close to a title since hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2012 as a backup with the Los Angeles Kings.
"They are big and physical and a skilled team. You need a team like that to go deep in the playoffs," Bernier said of the Ducks. "That's your goal as a hockey player: to be in the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup every year. I just feel I'm a lot closer with Anaheim than I was with Toronto."
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Just when it looked like a battle would be brewing into the new year with Bernier trying to fend off the returning James Reimer, Bernier reverted to his troubled form Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre.
Six goals on 15 shots in a 6-3 Islanders’ win, with Reimer mopping up in the third period, was a huge step backwards. Head coach Milke Babcock had already indicated Reimer was scheduled to play Wednesday in Pittsburgh in the last game of the calendar year, but called for him in the third after expressing concern soft ice at the ACC might be dangerous to Reimer’s groin injury.
Bernier’s record this season has fallen to 3-10-3, with an .883 save percentage, despite some better games this month.
“I wasn’t good enough tonight,” said Bernier, who once again heard the home side jeers, from a season-high crowd of 19,899. “It wasn’t my game. They have a good team, they have a lot of speed, they work hard down low. I wasn’t able to make the big save, especially in the first period on the (Frans Nielsen) breakway.”
Below, watch the game higlights of the Islanders 6-3 win over the Leafs...
Leafs head coach Mike Babcock tells media Garret Sparks will start Thursday against San Jose Sharks and Bernier has to fight his way back.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
“Lots of time we don’t get run support. Tonight we had run support.
“I would have like to get a better result.”
The speaker was Mike Babcock, and all those words, really were code for what he wanted to say but couldn’t say because the culture of hockey, the culture of sport, often doesn’t support frank comments and assessments....
Bernier was beaten five times Tuesday night, starting with the second shot and ending with the OT winner off the stick of Vladislav Namestnikov. He faced only 27 shots, leaving him with a dreadful .815 save percentage in his first NHL game after a conditioning stint in the minors in which he registered three consecutive shutouts and supposedly found his form.
In the fourth of those games for the AHL Marlies, however, he allowed five goals with Babcock in attendance, and including Tuesday’s 5-4 loss, he’s now allowed at least four goals in each of his last four starts for the Leafs.
No goalie can stay in this low-scoring league long with those stats.
Where this story goes from here is anyone’s guess. The waiver wire has interesting names on it most days, and nobody would be surprised if Bernier’s ended up there soon. Give the Leafs credit; they’ve patiently tried pretty much everything they can to get their former No. 1 goalie back on his game, and none of it has worked.
Watch the game highlights below...
from Lance Honrby of the Toronto Sun,
Jonathan Bernier had to work a lot harder for his third consecutive shutout.
With the Utica Comets having seven power play chances on Friday against the Toronto Marlies, Bernier turned aside 26 shots by Vancouver's farm team in an intense game that wasn't settled until a pair of late third-period goals gave the Marlies a 2-0 victory.
Bernier has now turned aside all 70 shots he has face3d since accepting a 10-day conditioning stint in the American Hockey League, designed to restore confidence after he lost his first nine NHL decisions this season (0-8-1 with a .888 save percentage).
The organization's plan is likely to use Antoine Bibeau in net Saturday in Syracuse and go back to Bernier Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum vs. the Comets.
via John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Colaiacovo was still in the hospital when the Sabres left Bridgestone Arena.
"Carlo's doing OK," coach Dan Bylsma said. "He got the cross-check to the throat. He did go to the hospital, is there now. I guess they're saying he's got a dented trachea right now but OK.
"I don't think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check, but they kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it's a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo's neck."
Two more videos below...
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Jonathan Bernier should wait no longer than the back-to-back games against Winnipeg and Minnesota next week to make his next start.
"I'm excited to get back in," the goaltender said Tuesday. "I don't know when, but when the time comes I've thought I've been ready. The ankle (an injury that first landed him on the bench and opened the door for James Reimer) is getting better and that's the bottom line.
"I feel it a little bit. I think it will last a little bit longer, but that's part of hockey. I don't think anyone plays at 100%. I just have to start fresh, play like it's a new season."
Coach Mike Babcock remains convinced Bernier will work his way back.
"Bottom line, when it's not going the way you want, you've got to get to work and fix it. Confidence is always the biggest thing. You have to earn the right to feel good about yourself by how well you practice. He's been a good goaltender and I'm sure he will be again. So when his next opportunity comes, he has to be ready for it."
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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
“I lost it for a second and it sneaked through me,” Bernier said of Stepan’s goal. “It doesn’t matter if the ice is bad or not (a complaint after the basketball Knicks played earlier Sunday afternoon), I’ve got to have that. I gave a bad rebound at the end and I cost my team two points.”
more on the game...
Earlier today, ESPN's Craig Custance discussed the effects that the coach's challenge has had upon video coaches, and this afternoon, the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno discusses the fact that the standards of goaltender interference have changed--not only under the new rule, but with "incidental contact" yielding more and more waved-off goals:
It can definitely help the goalies. [Jonathan] Bernier and fellow Leafs goalie James Reimer said a handful of goals against might not count thanks to coach's challenges.
"I think they would be the first ones to tell you it's great for the referees, too," Bernier said. "We all make mistakes, and obviously that can change momentum of the games."
It changed momentum of the Sharks-Capitals game, even though some players complained that there wasn't sufficient contact between Jay Beagle and goaltender Martin Jones to take the goal away. Beagle appeared to brush Jones as the puck was going by, and referee Tim Peel said the goalie wasn't able to do his job.
"Any incidental contact, call it. That's the standard that seems to be set now," Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "I don't have to agree with it, but if that’s the standard, then you're going to get a lot of challenges from the coaches around the league."
Rederees determining a standard for these subjective calls is crucial to how effective coach's challenges will be. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said he considers getting bumped part of the game, but perhaps the slightest contact will lead to goals being wiped out.
"It's not even a game of inches, it's a game of millimetres," Reimer said. "You get bumped on the skate lightly and he knocks you off balance for a half-second and the puck goes in."
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.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
With all the other question marks surrounding the Maple Leafs heading into this summer, add the contractual status of their No. 1 goalie.
Jonathan Bernier hopes to land a long-term deal, but approaching restricted free agency, the club has exercised its option for salary arbitration for 2015-16. Bernier’s numbers last year were down as the Leafs’ second-half collapse consumed him as well as other players.
The Leafs don’t have any in-house options other than coming back with Bernier and James Reimer and because they chose arbitration, they have no walkaway option if the decision goes against them.
So it’s unlikely something won’t be ironed out before an actual arbitration hearing takes place in July or early August. A two- to three-year deal may also result, but the dollar value is in question as the shine came off Bernier after he debuted in 2013-14 with 26 wins and a .923 save percentage. That was the highest in team records since the stat was introduced in the early 1980s, but underlined a poor team defence in front of him.
A year short of being a UFA, Bernier made $5.8 million US on his past two-year deal, more than half of it in Year 2 when he won less games and had a drop in save percentage.
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Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.
Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.
According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;
Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;
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Oliver Ekman-Larson with a 'blooper' of a goal...
The Grey Cup is taking place today, which is why the Wings-Canucks matinee is the only NHL game on the schedule, and the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons spends the vast majority of his Sunday notebook discussing the match-up between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Calgary Stampeders (airing at 6 PM EST on TSN), but he spends one meaty paragraph discussing all things NHL-related:
I wonder if Bob McCown read his own book. In the bestselling 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments, McCown makes a case against Paul Henderson’s inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame. A strong case. Lately, he has been pushing the Henderson Hall of Fame agenda. Strange ... On Saturday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks were tied for the most points in the NHL and that has to be wrong, doesn’t it? ... The first quarter MVP in the NHL: Pekka Rinne ...
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An MRI on Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier has revealed an MCL strain and the goalie is expected to be out of action for three weeks.
Head coach Randy Carlyle delivered the news after practice on Friday.
Bernier was hurt during Toronto's 4-3 overtime victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. He left the game midway through the third period after teammate Paul Ranger pushed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron on top of him.
If you missed the play, you can watch it here...
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Bernier, who missed the aforementioned five games in March with a groin injury, put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice in front of a stunned ACC crowd. Labeled a lower-body injury – Carlyle wouldn't say if it was a re-aggravation of the groin issue – he was due to go for an MRI as soon as possible.
more on the Leafs 4-3 OT win over Boston...
It appears Jonathan Bernier will return to the lineup for the Toronto Maple Leafs and start against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Bernier has been out for two weeks with a groin injury.
The Maple Leafs are mired in a five-game losing skid and are in danger of falling out of a playoff spot with nine games remaining.
Currently, they hold down the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Washington Capitals and two up on the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bernier with the giveaway to Michael Grabner who scores this shothanded goal, which happened to be his second 'shorty' on the same Toronto power play.
Jonathan Bernier may want this one back...
No penalty on the play but did Bernier go out of his way to make contact?
Pretty entertaining type of play, but the one below is still one of my favorites...
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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