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Late last week, Jakub Voracek signed a hefty contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers that made him a player with the 10th-highest cap hit in the league (tied with Eric Staal and Ryan Getzlaf). The initial reaction most people had to that deal probably ranged somewhere between, “Well, Jake Voracek isn't a top-10 player in the league, so that's a dumb contract,” and, “He doesn't deserve as much money as Ryan Getzlaf,” and “He's only getting paid because of Claude Giroux.” [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] These are three related but separate ideas, all of which imply that Voracek isn't “worth it” in some way. But even at a baseline, if you believe that's the case, this was one of those contracts that was unavoidable because he puts up points, drives play, and stays healthy. Voracek has 189 points in his last 212 games — good for 10th in the league over that stretch, and 14th in points per game — with a possession share that hasn't dipped below 52.8 percent in the last three seasons. He has also missed exactly zero games in that time. That is a player providing significant value, even if he were just a hop-along to an elite player, which he isn't. In short, Voracek is very, very good, and the perception that he's a product of playing with Giroux, while understandable, isn't all that fair to him. He and Giroux form a lethal partnership, to be sure, but it isn't because Giroux carries the water . In his first season with the Flyers, under Peter Laviolette, it seems the club didn't really understand what it had in Voracek. As you can see below, he was protected from tougher competition to some extent. But it appears he was used more as a shutdown guy in the lockout season, the first in which he spent most of his time with Giroux (in truth, the Flyers were just not very good and got pushed around a lot; that actually qualifies as favorable usage relative to the rest of that dreadful team, which averaged 44.5 percent offensive zone starts). And the last two seasons, now a permanent fixture with Giroux, he's been used more or less the same way.

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Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs had already started their arbitration hearing and submitted their cases. But before the arbiter could hand down the ruling, the two sides came together and came up with a compromise: A two year deal with a $4.15 cap hit in each season. Bernier was a stellar backup with the L.A. Kings, but with the Leafs his minutes rose to over 3,000 a season and his numbers have normalized. In 2013-14 his numbers were still good: 26-19-7 with a 2.68 GAA and a save percentage of .923 which was just about right were it was in his previous season as the Kings’ backup (.922). Last season wasn’t as kind to him, as his save percentage dropped to .912, which is below his career average of .916, and his GAA rose to 2.87. His workload stayed steady from season to season, facing 1788 shots in 2013-14 and only 1735 in 2014-15. But this was in almost 100 more minutes of action last season, and he gave up 66 more goals. (Also, for comparison, he was 7th in the league in shot...

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Jonathan Bernier and the Maple Leafs had already started their arbitration hearing and submitted their cases. But before the arbiter could hand down the ruling, the two sides came together and came up with a compromise: A two year deal with a $4.15 cap hit in each season. Bernier was a stellar backup with the L.A. Kings, but with the Leafs his minutes rose to over 3,000 a season and his numbers have normalized. In 2013-14 his numbers were still good: 26-19-7 with a 2.68 GAA and a save percentage of .923 which was just about right were it was in his previous season as the Kings’ backup (.922). Last season wasn’t as kind to him, as his save percentage dropped to .912, which is below his career average of .916, and his GAA rose to 2.87. His workload stayed steady from season to season, facing 1788 shots in 2013-14 and only 1735 in 2014-15. But this was in almost 100 more minutes of action last season, and he gave up 66 more goals. (Also, for comparison, he was 7th in the league in shot...

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TORONTO (AP) Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million. The 26-year-old will count $4.15 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. The agreement Sunday came after Bernier and the Leafs went to team-elected salary arbitration but before the arbitrator could hand down a ruling. Bernier, a native of Laval, Quebec, had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage this past season for the Leafs. In 175 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Leafs, Bernier is 76-67-20 with a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage. Signing Bernier was the final piece of essential business this offseason for Toronto, which also hired Mike Babcock as coach and Lou Lamoriello as general manager, traded Phil Kessel and signed a handful of unrestricted free agents.

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TORONTO (AP) -- Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million.

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The Maple Leafs and Jonathan Bernier have settled on a contract before the arbitrator’s ruling, inking a two-year pact worth $8.3 million total. The $4.15 million average annual figure ranks him 24th among NHL goalies and places him in the same salary range as Ondrej Pavelec, Steve Mason, Craig Anderson, and Devan Dubnyk. The Maple Leafs now have around

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(Ed. Note: August is known to be a very quiet month in the hockey world. As we wait for September to arrive and training camps to begin, let’s learn a little history about all 30 teams. Behold, our summer A-Z series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to drop some knowledge on us! Add your own choices in the comments!)  by Liz Brownstein, contributing writer,   Anaheim Calling A. Anaheim Arena

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes added Claude Loiselle on Friday as a hockey operations consultant. The 52-year-old Loiselle was the Toronto Maple Leafs' vice president and assistant general manager from 2010-14. He also served seven years as associate director of hockey operations for the NHL Loiselle had 92 goals and 117 assists in 616 career NHL games in 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, Quebec Nordiques, Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Coyotes added Claude Loiselle on Friday as a hockey operations consultant.


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