Maple Leafs re-sign Jonathan Bernier, updates on Dougie Hamilton and Torrey Mitchell, plus the latest on the Oilers’ goaltending.
TORONTO SUN: The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided an arbiter awarding a new contract to goaltender Jonathan Bernier, re-signing him to a two-year, $8.3 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bernier’s new deal pays him $4.15 million annually. That’s a raise over his $3.4 million salary last season, but well below the $5.1 million his agent sought via arbitration. While the Leafs front office is denying this is a “show me” contract, it certainly has the look of one.
Bernier must now prove himself as a reliable starting goaltender in order to be paid like one. To be fair, the defense in front of Bernier sucked on toast the past two years, but he definitely struggled last season after a promising performance in 2013-14. He’ll need a better, more consistent effort over the next two seasons.
CBS SPORTS: Adam Gretz believes the Calgary Flames adding defenseman Dougie Hamilton add another top-pairing rearguard to their blueline, will improve their offensive production and bolster their core of young talent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let’s face it, adding Hamilton has very little downside for the Flames. He’s also an insurance piece in case the Flames are unable to prevent Mark Giordano from testing next summer’s UFA market.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Cam Talbot isn’t the only Oilers goaltender heading into next season with something to prove.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Torrey Mitchell surprised several kids at a hockey school with an early-morning skate at a rink in Brossard on Friday.