Is Jonathan Bernier Ready for the Pressure Cooker in Toronto?

September 6th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

Jonathan Bernier should be enjoying his last days of a relatively peaceful existence.

As soon as training camp opens for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bernier will soon learn about life in the fish bowl. And all eyes will be staring at Bernier, as he makes his claim to be the Leafs' No. 1 goalie.

It may not be a done deal, as he will have to beat out James Reimer, who did a relatively good job last year. However, while Reimer was improved in 2013, he was in goal for the Leafs' seventh-game, third-period collapse against the Boston Bruins.

Reimer made the history books with his performance there, but it's on the wrong side of history.

Even if Reimer had managed to hold off the Bruins, there's nothing to suggest that he's going to be a solid starting goalie for the most valuable and popular franchise in the NHL, according to Forbes Magazine. On the other hand, Bernier, 25, has been recognized as the best second-string goalie in the game for some time and now that he's out of Los Angeles, he no longer has to back up Jonathan Quick.

Bernier's numbers were stellar last year, and they have been so ...

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