• Starting role in jeopardy?

    News: Jonathan Bernier has been outperformed by James Reimer this preseason. Bernier has delivered a 3.62 GAA and .885 save percentage in 149 minutes, while Reimer has a 2.36 GAA and .917 save percentage in 127 minutes.
    Analysis: Coach Mike Babcock has been very clear -- both men have a shot at the job and he has no intention of rolling into the season in a 1A/1B situation. He wants a clear-cut starter. Training camp is often meaningless -- Jonathan Bernier has been the starter for the last two years and camp is usually a place to just get back into game shape. And despite the obvious differences in numbers, only one performance -- Reimer in a loss in Montreal -- really stood out as great. The Leafs will struggle this year and while Babcock's systems will help the team, the goalie -- whichever one prevails -- will be hard pressed to deliver even mid-range numbers.
  • Bernier Not Guaranteed Leafs' Starting Job

    News: New general manager Lou Lamoriello envisions the Leafs' goaltending job as an open competition and indicates that head coach Mike Babcock feels the same way, according to the Toronto Star. "I think that right now I have a total open mind, and certainly I know Mike has the same," Lamoriello said. This will be the third straight season with Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer splitting goaltending duties.
    Analysis: Lamoriello did indicate that Jonathan Bernier "has the ability, no question" to be a number one goalie in the NHL, but the twinetender hasn't shown the consistency in his game to take that job. And it's that inconsistency that has prevented him from getting a long-term deal with the Leafs. He just inked a two-year contract with the hope he can show the team he deserves a long-term, big-money deal. "Hopefully he has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for long term," continued Lamoriello.
  • Bernier, Leafs Rach Two-Year Agreement

    News: Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs came to terms Sunday on a two-year, $8.3 million contract, thus avoiding an arbitration ruling, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
    Analysis: It initially looked like the two parties were too far apart to agree on a deal, but they were able to find common ground near the midpoint and avoid the risk of an arbitration decision. The deal is closer to Jonathan Bernier's proposed figure, but the second year buys out a year of free agency. Bernier is coming off a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, during which he saw his numbers drop in the wins (21), GAA (2.87), and save percentage (.912) categories from the season prior.
  • Bernier, Leafs Far Apart On New Contract

    News: Jonathan Bernier and the Leafs met with an arbitrator for about five hours Friday, reports Sportsnet.ca. The two sides are too far apart in terms of demands to come to a deal on their own.
    Analysis: Jonathan Bernier and his camp asked for $5.1 million, while the Leafs countered with $2.89 million. The Leafs' offer would represent a pay cut for the twinetender -- he made $3.4 million last season. The two sides can still come to a deal together before Sunday's arb ruling, but they seem too apart right now.
  • No World Championships For Leafs Bernier

    News: Jonathan Bernier was invited to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships, but declined, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.
    Analysis: Jonathan Bernier says its partly because of an injury he wouldn't disclose and partly because of uncertainty around his contract. He becomes a restricted free agent this summer.
  • Leafs' Bernier In Net Saturday

    News: Jonathan Bernier will be in the net for Saturday's game against the Canadiens, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 reports.
    Analysis: Coach Peter Horachek suggested earlier in the week that Jonathan Bernier would start the season finale, so it doesn't come as much surprise that the coach's plan will hold firm. Bernier, who came on in relief of James Reimer in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jackets, enters the crease Saturday with a 21-28-6 record, 2.87 GAA, and .912 save percentage over 57 games. He'll be a heavy underdog with presumptive Hart Trophy frontrunner Carey Price manning the opposite net.
  • Leafs' Bernier Appears In Relief Against Jackets

    News: Jonathan Bernier replaced starter James Reimer early in the second period of Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets. He allowed one goal on 13 shots in a 5-0 loss.
    Analysis: He'll start Saturday and attempt to get his second win in his last eight starts. Do not roll him. Do not bother with him. Maybe he'll deliver more fantasy value next season. Maybe.
  • Leafs Turn To Bernier To Start Season Finale

    News: Jonathan Bernier is slated to start Saturday's game against Montreal, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
    Analysis: James Reimer is slated to start Wednesday's game against the Blue Jackets, which leaves Jonathan Bernier -- who missed Tuesday's practice for personal reasons -- to start the Leafs' season finale on Saturday.
  • Leafs' Bernier Terrific In Shootout Win

    News: Jonathan Bernier tuned in an excellent performance Sunday, stopping 43 of 45 shots in a shootout victory over Ottawa.
    Analysis: An absolute clutch performance from Jonathan Bernier, who helped the Leafs deliver a big blow to the Senators playoff hopes. It was just Bernier's first win in eight games, advancing his record to 21-28-6 on the season. The 26-year-old has had a down year, but he still owns a mediocre .912 save percentage and is likely to see at least one more start before the end of the season.
  • Leafs' Bernier To Start Sunday

    News: Jonathan Bernier will start Sunday's game against the Senators.
    Analysis: James Reimer has been a bit better of late, but both he and Jonathan Bernier continue to get work. Neither is a good bet to earn a win this weekend, with Toronto facing two teams that are still fighting for the playoffs.