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Report: Leafs make offer for Jonathan Bernier

Jul 17, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

Jonathan Bernier, Andrei Loktionov AP

According to Andi Petrillo of Hockey Night in Canada, the Toronto Maple Leafs have made an offer for Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Bernier, 23, has said he expects to be traded after Los Angeles locked up starter Jonathan Quick for 10 more years.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are also reportedly interested in the 11th overall pick from the 2006 draft.

If the Leafs have indeed made an offer, it would seem to fly in the face of Brian Burke’s comments earlier this month when the general manager said he wasn’t interested in an unproven goalie.

“We’re not looking at that avenue,” Burke said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “A couple goalies that moved are young unproven guys. That’s an avenue we’re not interested in. We’ve kicked the tires, looked at all the prices, but that’s not an avenue we’re looking at.”

For that reason, the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle isn’t buying the report.

“Burke has always said, even during season, if he brought in goalie, it’d be a vet,” Mirtle tweeted Tuesday.

  1. esracerx46 - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Burke has to be the most over rated GM in all of sports. I’ve been saying this ever since he went to the Leafs. He was thought to be a hockey god all because he got the Sedin sisters and Chris Pronger. Their is a reason this guy doesnt stick around any place too long.

    • pgpcbuild - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Your an idiot. He went into a dying Vancouver franchise and rejuvenated it, he went into a dying Anaheim franchise and won a Stanley Cup. He’s now trying to rejuvenate a very bad Maple Leafs team. That being said, why he doesn’t go get Luongo is beyond me.

      Just getting Luongo almost guarantees the Leafs getting into the Playoffs.

      Also calling the Sedins Sisters just tells everyone how clueless about hockey you really are, they are top 5 in this league.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        When calling someone an Idiot get you’re vs your correct
        And spare me the Anaheim clap trap, he took over someone else team and won a Cup because of it.

        Burke has screwed the Leafs since he has been there. You are the one who has no clue what you’re (see that) talking about.

        You are what? Giving Burke a pat ion the back still because nearly a decade ago he ripped off 1 GM on draft day?
        Hate to break reality over your head but he has been a joke ever since and nearly every FA signing and trade has been a massive joke.

        I have zero problem calling him one of the worst in the entire league, just ahead of Howson and Snow.

        Try joining the rest of the world in 2012

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        Oh ya, Top 5 in the league

        Too bad they are not top 5 play-off performers, but you keep on being happy with regular season accolades.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        Let’s go over some of Burke’s transactions since joining the Leafs.

        Nearly all his free agent signings have been horrid failures that have helped the Marlies more than the Leafs. Finger, Armstrong, Mike K, Orr to name a few.

        He could have trade Kaberle many times 1 or 2 years before he actually did, and by then what he got in return was nothing like the offers he was turning down earlier.

        The disaster trade for Kessel who is 2 seasons away from UFA. The trade that only makes sense if a team is a Cup contender and is a massive set back for a team that isn’t. Please someone try to defend and tell me Burke was smart to have the Leafs in a position with Kessel 2 years from walking for nothing, rather than controlling the rights to Seguin and Hamilton for the next 6 years?

        He did well on the Dion Phaneuf trade I will give him that, Calgary felt they had no choice to move him and Burke took advantage of it.

        And how about those draft picks, particularly Kadri?

        Burke has been the worst thing for the Leafs since ushers offering tickets to games at the old Maple Leaf Gardens.

      • pgpcbuild - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        LOL. Sure, anything you say bub.

        What he did a decade ago was pure genius, if your jealous about it, don’t cry here, go somewhere else.

        What he did in Anaheim, was bring in Pronger and win the Cup.

        What he did to the league as a whole is MUCH more.

        You look at the league in performance, I look at it through revenue.
        Like I said before, whether or not you know hockey or you’ve been watching it for the past 20+ years, The Canucks were a dying franchise after 1998, Burke came in and brought in a few stars, and brought the Canucks back to life, because of that, Canucks now have sold out more seats consecutively than any other team in the league.

        He did basically the same to the Ducks franchise, don’t believe me, look at the revenue streams, I won’t do it for you, you can google it.

        And yeah, I’m going to call someone an idiot when they look at things from one dimension and not as a whole. Like you calling the Sedins non-performers, guess what Stars are Stars and teams want Stars.

        Wild made a huge break this season, not because their performance will go up, but because they’ll get more revenue from signing their stars.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

        Did you seriously just accuse someone of being “jealous” of a NHL GM making a trade a decade ago?

        What are you? 12? Or do you suffer from some sort of personality disorder that requires medication?

        And ohhhhhhhh, you’re all about profits. That works well in Toronto, so you are what? Part of the Teachers Union? And you do not care about ohhhhhhh I don’t know….winning the Cup?

        Oh Golly Gee he singed Chris Pronger, well that is BRILLIANT, what a keen sense of talent he has you sniff out a scrub like Pronger and take that BIG RISK and sign him. My My, what a crystal ball he must have.

        Know what else was amazing? How he built the entire Duck franchise back then while going under the name of Murray.

        But No no, Burke knows how to trick people into thinking he built a good product. The Leafs are looking like a powerhouse aren’t they?

        Oh wait, no, the Leafs are garbage with no direction or future.
        But they sure do make money

        And that’s Juuuuuuuuuuuuust how you like you GM’s for hockey right?
        Wins? Playoffs
        Bottom Line is what turns your crank

      • sundinforprimeminister - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        @theawesomersfranchise LMAO @ you and your childish full of nothing b.s. rant. Next time you decide to rebutt someone’s viewpoint how about you include your reasoning – other than, Brian Burke stole my lunch box so now I don’t like him. You should be banned from ANY hockey conversation for simply being a complete idiot with nothing good to add or say.

      • sundinforprimeminister - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        @theawesomersfranchise you are actually more of an idiot than I thought. I just read your posts and wow pretty sure it is you that is OFF YOUR MED’s. It is probably time to put the lids back on the paint cans under the table you are sitting at. Do other people in your trailer park not beat you for being such as ass? You are right Burke doesn’t know what he is doing – and has been able to float through the NHL GM ranks and no-one is the wiser. Dumbass.

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 17, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    It will be very interesting to compare this trade(if it happens) to the one the Lightning got for Lindback.

    • leepetertk - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Yeah Lindback got Nashville a bunch of picks. I think Bernier is worth more. Perhaps even a roster player to an already deep LA team.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    It will be interesting , I like lindbäck but I’m not sure with his whopping 39 game experience that he is ready to be a starter

  4. bigoldorcafromvan - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    I don.t really know why Burkie would do this. Bernier is no better that what he has now in goal. Like he said two weeks ago he needs a vet, a proven goalie/ He also has to get a couple more faster more stay at home top 4 Dman. Phaneuf just watches too many goals going into the Leaf net.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Bernier is much better than who the Leafs have in goal actually. You do know were talking about a 11th overall pick and someone who has played well since then? The Kings have groomed him extremely well.

      • scotloucks - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM


        You might want to check the stats before spouting your uneducated BS. Bernier Reimer Scrivens.

        Get back to me when you get a clue.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

        Thanks for confirming what I told you already, Bernier is much better

        I mean is this a joke?
        Are you a joke?

        Again, thanks for posting their stats and helping me make my point.

        Seriously wtf was that about? YOu thought you would what? Post links and think nobody would look?


      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        Oh ya, Im getting back to you. Where are you? Again, boy oh Boy what were you thinking posting those stats that show how much better Bernier is compared to any leafs goalie?

      • canuckteach - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

        I agree – apart from bland comments about what Burke said he would do (are we playing ‘he said she said’?), no one has commented on what Bernier is actually like between the posts – I didn’t see much of him last year, but he what I saw looked very good, (has anyone seen him tank in a game?) – more poised and promising than the current Leaf holdings. I assume Leaf scouting feels the same. Don’t know what’s going back to LA, but, at least, the contract makes sense – Luongo would eat our Cap Space in a few years, just when we’ll need it to re-sign the few good players we have – anyway, I hear Van is asking for Gardiner in return – fuggetabowt-it. And can we all ‘drop’ the talk about Burke’s ‘trade’ record in Vancouver and Anaheim? He won a Cup with the Ducks – that’s for sure. The rest is idiotic speculation.

  5. DED - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Hasek! :)

    • spongebobsportspants - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      I was thinking the same thing. 2 years 2 mil.

    • Doesnotmatter - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      for what? watching him pull his groin? or dislocate a shoulder? getting back spams?

  6. sakl18 - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    A GM’s job isn’t to put fans in the seats but a team on the ice. What he does for a teams revenue is completely irrelevant when talking about his success as a GM. You brought up to points: Pronger and the Sedins. Was the Pronger trade a steal? Yes, but every other GM in the league would have pulled off a similar deal as Edmonton’s hands were tied. In regards to the Sedins, you can keep your regular season success and Presidents Trophies, I’ll keep the players who bring their ‘A’ game in the playoffs and bring home cups. Burke always has been and most likely will remain an overrated GM.

  7. babar61 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    I think burke is overrated but not the worst gm in the NHL. That goes to Scott Howson. I would put Jay Feaster as second worst.

  8. blomfeld - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM


    I for one sure say so ! Right now, Burke is playing his final few cards, as his gig will be over should the Leafs fail to at least deliver a playoff berth … and landing comrade Bernier may just be the “ace up his sleeve” in-order to save the day ? His statement that he “doesn’t want an unproven goaltender” is exactly why he chose to walk away from Luongo. Paying $54,000,000 for an aged, recently demoted, petulant “back-up” goalie, who’s failed “miserably” in four straight playoff campaigns, would no doubt have spelled the end for Burke. Instead, he now has the chance to redeem his reputation as “a man of action” with the acquisition of comrade Bernier.

    For those of you who dismiss Burke’s ability as a GM, at this point it might be any idea for you people to consider emigration to Mongolia ? Brian Burke “completely” turned around the Vancouver Canucks … not once, but twice ! Yes it could be argued that he inherited a “cup bound” team in Anaheim, but then again, hindsight is always 20/20. And with Toronto, no doubt he’s missed the mark “badly” so far. Nonetheless, he still has a chance to do something with this franchise and I for one believe that Bernier may just be the answer !

    GO BURKE GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • liv4hockey - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Getting your team to the 7th game of the Stanley Cup Finals = ‘Failed Miserably” you lost me right there. Burke is an idiot, his old-school style team building is just that, old. And if you think he ‘turned around’ the Canucks, then you have to believe he has fuct the Leafs for the 6 years he’s been in toronto and another 6 after his inevitble firiing.

  9. moosehse - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Does anyone else ever wonder why contributors have to stupe to exchanging personal insults rather than exchange points of view in an adult fashion.

    It is boring regressive behaviour.

    • moosehse - Jul 21, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      Thank you it’s encouraging to think that there are contributors out there who think the same way.

  10. omega72 - Jul 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    So, is/was there any legitidy to this?

    • moosehse - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      I guess you just have to read some of the comments / exchanges.

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