Leave it to the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons to take a rip at the media rippers.
His latest crusade has Stevie Wonder coming to the defense of Maple Leafs g.m. Dave Nonis. Take a gander:
The online statistical geniuses, who make their hockey assessments via charts and graphs, all but murdered Dave Nonis when he traded for Jonathan Bernier.
hey screamed in unison: The Bernier deal made no sense. Because the Maple Leafs had a long-term keeper in James Reimer in goal. He had the numbers to prove it.
They yelled that Nonis doesn’t know what he’s doing and that tone continued throughout the summer after the deal for David Bolland, the buyout of Mikhail Grabovski, the signings of David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak and the awkward contract negotiations of Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.
Nonis was hired last January to run the Leafs and just about the first thing he did was call Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi to inquire about Bernier. He called often.
Nonis thought they had a deal done last January and again last February, but each time circumstances prevented it from happening.
The deal eventually got done in June – and while many disagree with me, I say on the cheap. What Bernier has displayed in the early season borders on the remarkable.
His style – calm, in control, square to the puck – makes him look capable of being one of the truly great goalies in the game and all the save percentage shouters have been silenced.
The Roberto Luongo trade in Vancouver used to be Nonis’ signature deal. It’s entirely possible the Bernier deal will surpass that piece of hockey thievery.