The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired netminder Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings over the weekend after being perceived as one of the three teams that was likely to pull the trigger on a deal. The Minnesota Wild and Philadelphia Flyers were also believed to be in on Bernier, but in the end, the Leafs made the deal happen by sending their own netminder Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a second round pick in either 2014 or 2015 to California for Bernier’s rights.
Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi was said to be asking for a young star in return for Bernier’s, who is set to become a restricted free agent on July 5th, providing the Leafs can’t lock him up by then. It’s difficult to say Frattin is that rising star when at 25, he’s bounced up and down between the big club and the AHL. In 82 career games he’s scored 15 goals and added 13 assists, good for 28 points.
By adding Scrivens and a second round pick in the package, the Leafs made sure they would win the Bernier’ sweepstakes and while we don’t know what the other clubs were said to be offering, it’s hard to fathom it being any richer than what Toronto put on the table.
The 24-year old Bernier will now bet his chance to shine as a number one goalie in the NHL and what better place to do it than the hub of hockey where the spotlight is always on you; Toronto, where every move and save is scrutinized to no end.
The Oilers were speculated to be somewhat interested in Bernier, but that never got off the ground. Good thing it didn’t as I can’t imagine what MacTavish would have to throw at the Kings to persuade Lombardi to accept his offer over the Leafs.
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