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Maple Leafs lock up Jonathan Bernier for two years, $5.8M

Jul 5, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs claim that Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer have an equal chance to grab the top goalie gig next season, but the two goalies aren’t receiving equal pay.

It appears that Bernier isn’t a restricted free agent any longer, as the team signed him to a two-year, $5.8 million contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. That 2.9 million cap hit is a little more than a million over Reimer’s $1.8 million mark.

That doesn’t mean the team is rolling out the red carpet for Bernier, but it is quite the statement from a front office that has made a ton of big moves in the last few days.

The 24-year-old only has 62 regular season games on his NHL resume and has never appeared in more than 25 in a season, so he’s getting a big chance to prove that he’s worthy of the hype that comes with being the 11th pick of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Hopefully the young netminder is really ready for the pressure, because the spotlight will shine brightly on him this season.

  1. pmonte3122 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    He’ll be a bust. C’mon it’s Toronto.

  2. bjbeliever - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    He better preform, or he will learn very quickly there is a difference between LA and Toronto hockey media!

  3. LampyB - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    This should put to rest all of the Leafs fans who whined about this trade and looked down on Bernier. Or that kept saying he was brought in as a backup. He’s the future face of the Leafs in net, it’s his team to take. Reimer has much more at stake.

  4. aldog83 - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Bernier said he was miserable in LA. (as a backup)

    I dont think Bernier signed on for 2 years to be the back up.

    But a great goalie tandem for a combined 4.7 mil cap hit ain’t too bad.

  5. 19to77 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Reimer’s only signed for another year. You don’t tell your best player from last year to challenge for his starts the next season. You upgrade the areas that are actual problems. Goaltending was nowhere near as big an issue as defense, but now they have two guys who want to be starters and one’s up next year – if they think this deal didn’t cost them Reimer in the long run, they’re crazy. A knife in the back is not how you reward your season MVP.

    But hey, this is the team paying David Clarkson $5.25m until he’s 37. I can’t say I’m surprised.

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