Sunday, June 23, 2013

Jonathan Bernier Traded to Toronto Maple Leafs

According to TSN, the Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired netminder Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goalie Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and the second round pick of Toronto's in either 2014 or 2015.

Bernier, who becomes a restricted free agent on July 5, put up superb numbers in limited appearances for the Kings this past season.  The Kings' first round pick in 2006 had a miniscule 1.88 goals-against-average and .922 save percentage in 14 regular season appearances.  It's been said by many that Bernier has the stuff to be a number one netminder for a team in need.

Scrivens, who is roughly two years older than Bernier, was also solid in his appearances for Toronto this season.  In 20 regular season games, he had a .915 save percentage and a 2.69 goals-against-average.  He is under contract through the 2013-14 season, when he'll make $625,000, after which he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Matt Frattin, a 25-year-old winger, played in 25 regular season games for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13, posting a strong 13 points (7 goals and 6 assists), while also tallying 2 assists in the playoffs for the Leafs.

The draft pick, if given up by Toronto in the 2014 NHL entry draft, is not a huge loss, since they may acquire the third round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes that year, if Matthew Lombardi signs with the team for 2013-14.

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