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19/12/2016

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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis wasnt able to reach James Reimer on Sunday, leaving only a voicemail after the splash acquisition of Jonathan Bernier from Los Angeles. Cheap Air Max 90 Mens Black . But when he does reach the 25-year-old in the next day or so hell relay a message similar to the one he expressed to the newest Toronto goaltender. "Nothing is being guaranteed to anybody," Nonis said via conference call early Sunday evening. "If Jonathan Bernier becomes a No. 1 goaltender because he plays better and stronger and Randy [Carlyle] feels more comfortable, then thats what happens. If James wont give up that net and hes the guy whos our starter then thats fantastic, too." Long in the hunt for another goaltender to complement and perhaps even overtake Reimer, Nonis sold the trade for Bernier as one that would strengthen the club considerably in goal, lending further security and higher upside to a position that had been in flux for the organization prior to the 2013 campaign.   "Its my hope that both these guys are prepared for the job," Nonis said. "Both guys have the potential, both of them want it, and that can only make your organization stronger. Its funny how some people look at things; either you dont have enough depth in net or you have too much. I subscribe to the notion you can never have too much." In exchange for Bernier, the Leafs sent Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a second round pick to the Kings. Selected 88 picks after Bernier in the 2006 draft, Reimer did all that was asked and more for the Leafs this past season, tying for the seventh-best save percentage in the NHL, albeit in a 48-game schedule. But as was evident in their attempts to land Miikka Kiprusoff at the trade deadline, Nonis and the Toronto management team were hunting for more security in their crease beyond the Manitoba native, a competitor with upside, one who could potentially assume the reins and even thrive in the event that Reimer steps backward next season.  Toiling behind Jonathan Quick for the past three years in California, Bernier has played in just 62 career games – far fewer than the 111 Reimer has amassed – but posted a sparkling 1.88 goals against average and .922 save percentage this season. "This is clearly not a knock on James at all," Nonis stressed, though Reimer will now clearly have to compete for the starting job with Bernier. "We feel weve got two of the top young goaltenders in the league right now. Both of them we feel have the potential to be solid number ones. "I also believe that when you have someone pushing you, you get the most out of yourself. And I think thats the situation here where these guys can push each other and were going to see some good goaltending because of it." The first goaltender selected in the 2006 draft (11th overall), Bernier could never escape the shadow of Quick in Los Angeles, never playing in more than 25 games. Heading into restricted free agency this summer, he made it clear to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi that he wanted an opportunity to start, a chance to prove that he could live up to the hype and become a viable No. 1.  "Its kind of bittersweet for us," Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said Sunday. "Hes been a great soldier for us and a very good player for us. Unfortunately hes stuck behind Jonathan Quick which is a tough situation for [him]. And as a sense of fairness to him and the timing that we felt was best for the organization we made the move." "Hes still young and I still think hes got a long way to go in terms of development," Nonis said of the former Lewiston MAINEiac, noting the tendency of goaltenders to grow well into their 20s and early 30s. "Theres always a gamble when youre taking a young player. But we felt that the gamble was worth taking with the upside that we think that Jonathan has." Its uncertain if Bernier can reach that upside, but in theory, the Leafs have improved their viability in goal with the addition. Bernier has never held a starting job in the NHL and managed back-to-back games just twice for the Kings last season, but he offers the intrigue and potential to assume the role or at the very least, complement Reimer as a secondary option for Carlyle. Reimer rarely wavered in his first extended go-around as the Leafs No. 1, posting an impressive .924 save percentage in 33 games. But its clear the organization is unsure of his ability to be their guy over an 82-game haul. And had he not been capable of such a task next season, they would have been forced to turn to an even more uncertain option in Scrivens, which they undoubtedly had no interest in doing. The gamble assumes that with more opportunity in Toronto, Bernier may just thrive, thus offering the organization two budding goaltenders capable of starting as opposed to just the one. "James has done a very good job," Nonis said of Reimer, who posted 19 wins last season. "Hes improved every year and were expecting that to continue next season. Hes made some significant strides, hes done an excellent job for us … I dont think you can be deep enough at that position. We got younger and deeper today and we feel our team is stronger because of it." Nonis and Lombardi began trade talks on Bernier as early as the first week of the 2013 campaign, coming "close" on a couple occasions but never following through. After the Kings were knocked out of the playoffs by the Blackhawks in the Western Final, Lombardi reached out to Nonis and suggested that Bernier would be available once more. In Frattin, the Leafs lose a 25-year-old with the ability to score and impact the game physically, but one who was inconsistent last year. The potential to be a 15-20 goal-scorer is certainly there. Scrivens meanwhile, filled in capably for Reimer when the latter went down with injury in 2013 and while there certainly is potential for him as an NHL netminder – his .915 save percentage ranked in the top-25 – the Leafs ultimately determined he would not eclipse nor ever seriously push Reimer as Bernier might. The Leafs also assume $500,000 in the deal along with a second round pick (either 2014 or 2015, their choice), two valuable commodities for the Kings in making the deal. Nonis hinted in his comments that more changes may be in the cards in the coming days. With Mike Komisarek likely to be bought out in the very near future, the Leafs will have just 11 players signed for next season with choices to make on the likes of Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur as well as figures to agree upon with Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Carl Gunnarsson, and now Bernier among others. "I think between now and July 5 youll probably see a couple more moves from us," Nonis said, noting the open hole on the roster with the departure of Frattin. "Were going to work hard to do that anyway between now and then." Air Max 90 Mens Blue UK .com) - Richie Incognito has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric care unit in Arizona. Mens Air Max 90 Khaki Sale . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. http://www.airmaxcheapmensuk.com/air-max-90-mens-black-uk.html . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night.TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays had a long players-only meeting before the game, but came up short again when it counted. After meeting behind closed doors for more than an hour Tuesday, Toronto blew an 8-3 lead through six innings in losing their sixth straight game, 10-9 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Adrian Gonzalezs three-run home run keyed a four-run eighth as the Dodgers won their fifth in a row and 22nd in 27 games. "It doesnt get any worse than that to be honest with you, considering where were at," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, whose team has lost 13 of its last 17. "Games like that are going to happen every now and then but its really magnified now. We had a nice little lead, nine outs to go and we were in the drivers seat. "Our bullpen has been very good but they kept coming after us, they have a pretty good lineup. We made a run late, but by then it was too late." Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. also homered as the Dodgers (52-47) won a ninth straight road game to match their longest streak since July 2004. Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs for Los Angeles. Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to centre off Darren Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th. One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time. The Blue Jays (45-54) continue to disappoint after opening the season with great expectations. "Its definitely not how we drew it up, but thats why you have to play the game on the field," Oliver said. "We definitely have to turn it around so we can enjoy the last two and a half months." Jose Reyes had a two-run home run and three RBIs for the Blue Jays, while Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa hit solo shots. Brett Lawrie and Bautista each had two RBIs. "You have to tip your hat when a team comes out swinging like that and can score some runs with some home runs, " Bautista said. "Theres nothing that we can do about it at times. We scored nine runs and thats normally enough and our pitchers are not going to give up home runs but some days are like that." Bautista declined to discuss details of the meeting. "Sometimes teams just have to get together and kind of air some things out," he said. "Teammates have to know what everybody is thinking whats in everybodys head. Today was a good day to do it. "After the (all-star) break we were hoping to come out of the gate strong and we didnt. So it was a good time to do it. It went well, we aired some things out. I like to keep it private. I certainly wont discuss the details of what we talked about." Former Toronto reliever Brandon League (4-3) pitched two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 12th save despite allowing a run. Down 10-8 in the ninth, the Blue Jays made a push when J.P. Arencibia singled home Adam Lind, but Lawrie ended the game with a fly to the warning track in left. "Were fighters," Bautista said. "We showed it today. We scored a lot of runs and theey went ahead and we still tried to battle back. Air Max 90 Mens Jade. Unfortunately we came up a little short. We have a lot of great capable baseball players in this room. "Were not getting the results right now." Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond held the Dodgers to three runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings, while Dodgers counterpart Chris Capuano allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. "I thought (Redmond) did a great job, he gave us what we needed, " Gibbons said. "Its not an easy lineup to face and he held them in check." The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a single by Lawrie, a double by Reyes and a single by Bautista. The Dodgers tied the game 2-2 in the fourth on infield hits to third by Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez, a double by Ethier that scored one run and a single by Ellis that plated another. The Blue Jays regained their two-run edge in the bottom of the inning on DeRosas fifth homer of the season, a double by Rajai Davis, an infield single by Arencibia and a sacrifice fly by Lawrie. Bautista then hit his 23rd homer of the season in the fifth to put the Blue Jays up 5-2 and chase Capuano in favour of Carlos Marmol. Hairston made it 5-3 with his solo homer in the sixth and Brett Cecil came out of the Toronto bullpen to replace Redmond after Tim Federowicz doubled. The Blue Jays added three runs in the sixth against Marmol and looked to be cruising. Lawrie singled home Arencibia and he came around on Reyes fifth homer of the season. "You dont feel great when youre down 8-3 there but you also know youve got three innings." Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Weve been throwing up some big innings lately." Down by five, the Dodgers didnt quit. They scored three in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-6 on singles by Puig, Gonzalez and walks to Ramirez and Ethier that forced in a run. After Dustin McGowan replaced Cecil, Ellis greeted him with a two-run single before Hairston was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. McGowan struck out Federowicz and then got the force at home on a close play to end the inning and keep Toronto up by two before Gonzalaz gave L.A. the lead. "That ball was crushed," Mattingly said. "For me, Adrians been our guy all year. I know Hanley (Ramirez) has been really hot but Adrian has just been there the whole season for us. He doesnt get the same attention because hes kind of been consistent." Notes: Attendance at Rogers Centre was 32,158. ... Davis started in centre field for the Blue Jays against the left-handed Capuano. ... The Blue Jays juggled their lineup with Bautista returning the third spot after 59 games hitting second. Edwin Encarnacion dropped back to fourth, while Melky Cabrera returned to the No. 2 hole. ... In losing 14-5 to the Dodgers on Monday, the Blue Jays committed five errors in a game for the first time since May 18, 2011. .... Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.84 earned-run average) will start the series finale on Wednesday for Toronto against L.A.s Ricky Nolasco (6-9, 3.75 ERA). Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys China ' ' '