Where are the critics of Nonis' off-season moves now?

Leafs' Jonathan Bernier and David Clarkson have some fun at the Mastercard Centre during practice...

Leafs' Jonathan Bernier and David Clarkson have some fun at the Mastercard Centre during practice this week. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

The online statistical geniuses, who make their hockey assessments via charts and graphs, all but murdered Dave Nonis when he traded for Jonathan Bernier.

They 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 o 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


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