Jonathan Bernier wants $5.1 million. The Toronto Maple Leafs are thinking more like $2.89 million.
That’s how the two sides are going into Friday’s arbitration hearing, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Bernier isn’t coming off a great season. The 26-year-old went 21-28-7 with a .912 save percentage, as goaltending proved to be one of the many issues for the Leafs. But that followed a very good 2013-14 campaign, when he went 26-19-7 with a .923 save percentage.
The cap hit on his expired contract, a two-year deal, was $2.9 million. His salary last season was $3.4 million.
Oh, and there’s also this to consider: