Jonas Siegel of TSN shared a couple of interesting statistics in his piece from this morning. Jonathan Bernier has an 8-2-2 record and a .947 save percentage when the Toronto Maple Leafs allow 40 or more shots.
A lot of people will point to that as “proof” that Bernier’s level of play rises when he faces more shots. I wouldn’t make such sweeping claims after only a 12-game sample size. But I will say he looks like a legitimate Vezina Trophy contender, and with the exception of Phil Kessel, he looks like the Leafs’ MVP this season.
One of the main gripes I’ve (and many Leafs fans have) had with Randy Carlyle are his frequent decisions to overvalue players who simply aren’t very good. We’ve seen it time and time again with the likes of Mark Fraser, Jay McClement, Jerred Smithson, Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren, among others. But Carlyle has gone away from that strategy lately, and that’s resulted in a lot more wins. James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail has more on this positive change in player usage.
With Roberto Luongo making his return to the Florida Panthers as a 34-year-old, he joins an interesting list of star players who eventually “came home again” after a long absence. Sean McIndoe of Grantland shares his list.
The NHL general managers are in Boca Raton, FL this week to talk about potential rule changes. J.P. Nikota of Pension Plan Puppets offers a list of 12 rules the league should implement.
The big news in Canadian hockey media yesterday was the announcement George Stroumboulopoulos would become CBC’s new main host for Hockey Night In Canada. Ron MacLean will still stay on as host of Coach’s Corner, Sunday night coverage, Hockey Day In Canada and in other capacities. Dustin Parkes of theScore has a great piece on how a 26-year-old weatherman from Red Deer, AB became one of the most beloved media personalities in Canada.