Assessing the Canadiens signing Alexander Semin, the Flames re-sign Josh Jooris, plus updates on Jonathan Bernier, Alex Chiasson and more. 

Can the Leafs avoid arbitration with Jonathan Bernier?

Can the Leafs avoid arbitration with Jonathan Bernier?

TSN: Braden Holtby’s new contract with the Washington Capitals could set the table for what Frank Seravalli calls a similar, less-expensive resolution between the Toronto Maple Leafs and goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Bernier, whose case is to be heard on July 31,  could receive an award around $5 million, which the Leafs cannot reject as they took the goalie to arbitration.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seravalli obviously means Bernier and the Leafs might agree to a five-year deal, but given his inconsistent performance over the past two years, I’m not convinced that’s a good idea. Five years is a long time to invest in a goalie who hasn’t fully established himself as a starter. And if it’s for around $5 million annually, that’s still an expensive commitment on the Leafs’ part. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens’ signing winger Alexander Semin to a one-year, $1.1 million contract has little downside for the Habs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only is it very affordable with no risk, but if the Habs demote Semin (his deal lacks any type of movement clause), $950K of his deal gets cleared from their cap space. 

TSN: According to Alex Chiasson’s agent, his client’s new contract will be decided via an arbiter. The two sides won’t reach an agreement on a new deal before the ruling later today.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided arbitration with forward Josh Jooris, inking him to a one-year, one-way deal worth $975K.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: It’s going to cost Oilers fans a lot of money to attend games at the team’s new arena next year. “Be prepared to pay at least $1,950 for the season. Or, if you’re feeling flush with cash, you could fork over $23,000 for one of 100 exclusive seats in a “theatre” box.”