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07:22 AM ET 06.24 | Moving some money, a pick, a goalie and a forward, the Maple Leafs added Jonathan Bernier over the weekend in a deal that serves merely as a domino. So, what now in the wake of the Bernier trade? A few thoughts: The Leafs aren't done shopping. They still want a top-four defenseman and a young, top center. The latter might prove more difficult to come by. ... Minnesota and Philadelphia must now decide what to do next. The Wild were interested in Bernier because they didn't know if they could re-sign pending UFA goalie Niklas Backstrom. The Flyers were willing to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov if they would get their hands on Bernier. Do they still buy him out? Questions which will get answers soon enough. Brace yourself folks, the silly season is just starting.

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June 24, 2013  07:32 AM ET

The new GM doesn't like the team that BB built so, he's going to give them an extreme makeover?

June 24, 2013  07:57 AM ET

Turning over a new leaf

June 24, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Good deal for reasonable price.

Nonis is looking to add a couple of free agents - Clarkson will be a heavy target, a T.O. boy who grew up a Leafs fan. A #2 d-man would be nice as well. After that, tough sledding. Centremen are hard to come by without giving up a lot. Don't want to sacrifice the farm like every GM since '67 to build too quickly. Nonis has a rep to build patiently, hope he stays the course. Something in T.O. water turns wise men into class clowns.

June 24, 2013  08:11 AM ET

Reiner is feeling just a bit unappreciated right about now...

June 24, 2013  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Reiner is feeling just a bit unappreciated right about now...

Reimer...


I hate spell check.

June 24, 2013  08:54 AM ET

You can never have enough good goaltending or pitching...guess Leaf fans will see if Bernier has what it takes...and Frattin and Scrivens aren't exactly team corner stones. As for the draft pick, second rounders are never guaranteed to ever play in the NHL.

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June 24, 2013  08:58 AM ET
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You can never have enough good goaltending or pitching...guess Leaf fans will see if Bernier has what it takes...and Frattin and Scrivens aren't exactly team corner stones. As for the draft pick, second rounders are never guaranteed to ever play in the NHL.

I see a Vancouver scenario developing in Toronto where one or both tenders will be very unhappy. If you're Reimer, it's tough to go from a starter to a backup. And, if you're Bernier, it's equally tough to be traded so U can be the starter only to find out you're still a backup.

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June 24, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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It's a lot better than the two firsts that was SOP just a couple years ago...

Dougie Hamilton would look pretty good on anybody's blueline...

June 24, 2013  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Reiner is feeling just a bit unappreciated right about now...

What Meathead got to do with it?

June 24, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Yeah, there's just one problem with that analogy, and that's the lack of a 12 year $450 million albatross on the books. If anything, it's comparable to Chicago or St Louis.

They haven't signed Bernier yet, have they? Just keep your fingers crossed that Nonis doesn't pull a DiPietro on you.

June 24, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Good deal for reasonable price. Nonis is looking to add a couple of free agents - Clarkson will be a heavy target, a T.O. boy who grew up a Leafs fan.

Please please take Clarkson.

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June 24, 2013  09:22 AM ET

I will say this, I think the Leafs had other priorities to address first. But they obviously don't think Reimer is their #1. So if they think Bernier is, what they traded wasn't bad at all.

June 24, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Please please take Clarkson.

Clarkson = Phaneuf v. 2.01

June 24, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Exactly, so the Devils can replace him with a superstar from their AHL team that just finished 4th in the worst division in the league.

The Devils are going to be not good for a while. No need to waster 5 mil on an average player who can't skate or pass and doesn't want to play grinding hockey anymore.

 
June 24, 2013  09:29 AM ET
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The Devils are going to be not good for a while. No need to waster 5 mil on an average player who can't skate or pass and doesn't want to play grinding hockey anymore.

LOL - I'm guessing you're not his agent.

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