Hockey News: Jonathan Bernier Controversy; Patrick Kane’s Return

It was this quote from Jonathan Bernier that began the latest outcry in Leafs nation. I’ve read it several times because I’m really trying to figure out what the big deal is. But then again, we are talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team and fanbase that craves the spotlight and lives for attention, whether winning or losing. It doesn’t take much to start a controversy that has media and fans talking endlessly about some menial issue. Bernier, like many of his teammates, is frustrated over the state of the franchise and this season in particular.

If someone can explain what is so controversial about his words, please let me know in the comments section. Until then, here’s some more details on the story: [Sportsnet], plus this exclusive take by our very own James Tanner: [Hockey Writers]

Now for some hockey news that is actually news…

Henrik Lundqvist’s return has sparked a slide for the Rangers. [Along the Boards]

The Las Vegas ticket drive is doing well. [Yahoo Sports]

This just in: The Penguins are screwed. [Globe and Mail]

Patrick Kane may be returning sooner than later. [Chicago Sun Times]

(Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports)
(Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports)

Ben Bishop now has more points than Cory Conacher this season, the forward who was traded for him. [CBS Sports]

Depending on their final position in the standings, the Jack Adams is definitely a two-horse race between Bob Hartley and Paul Maurice to me. [Globe and Mail]

Aaron Ward picked the Flames to make the playoffs before the season started. [Calgary Sun]

Happy birthday, Gordie Howe! [Detroit Free Press]

And finally, want to read an interview with Claude Giroux? Here you go: [Sportsnet]