Leafs interested in Berard?
TSN.CA hockey analyst Bob McKenzie reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have shown interest in former Leaf, Bryan Berard. The interest is thought to be mild. The Leafs have inquired about what it would take to sign him. Although, they do seem content to give their young guys a shot on defense.
Berard won his arbitration case this summer and the Bruins chose to walk away for him which left him a UFA. The hitch is that the Bruin have the right to match anything Berard is offered, up to 80%…$2.008 million dollars.
Berard, a former Calder trophy winner, has reached the 40+ point plateau twice in his career and was on pace for a 3rd time before a careless swing of the stick by Ottawa’s Marion Hossa caught him in the eye and briefly ended his career. Berard is a very gifted offensive talent but his eye injury has limited his effectiveness, since his high-risk style tends to cost his team dearly.
Would Bryan Berard be a good choice for the Leafs ? Why not…they have a have a half assed defensive corps…why not a half blind defenseman to go with it.