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Maple Leafs Assign Bernier to AHL on Conditioning Stint

Maple Leafs Assign Bernier to AHL on Conditioning Stint

Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, for a ten day conditioning assignment.

The 27-year old has struggled this season, giving up a goal on the first shot he faced during the Maple Leafs opening night clash with Montreal and the former Los Angeles King remains winless through the first two months of the season.

In nine games with the club, Bernier has gone 0-8-1 with a .888 save percentage and 3.28 goals-against average, allowing four goals in each of his past three starts. Talking to reports after news of his re-assignment broke, Bernier said “I’m not playing well & that’s on me, it’s not on anyone else, I take full responsibility for this”

The Laval, Quebec native has been noticeably off the pace this season, while partner James Reimer has undergone something of a renaissance and Garret Sparks set a new club record by recording a shut out in his first NHL game with the club, creating a sort of ‘crisis in the crease’ for Toronto, with Reimer due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Bernier, who is signed through to 2017, will travel with the Marlies to Rochester on Friday before returning to Toronto for back-to-back home games against the Manitoba Moose on Saturday and Sunday.

The former Lewiston Maineiacs stopper would also be eligible to back stop the Marlies in Utica and Syrcuse next weekend, assuming he remains in the AHL for the full ten days.

Under the current CBA, the assignment had to be agreed to by Bernier, who will still collect his full NHL salary during his time with the Marlies.

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Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).