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Toronto Maple Leafs trade for goalie Jonathan Bernier from Kings

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 23, 2013 in Sports
A goalie going to the Toronto Maple Leafs is a rumor that has followed the team around the past year or more. Leafs GM Dave Nonis finally pulled the trigger on one Sunday and brought Jonathan Bernier, 24, over from the Los Angeles Kings.
Bernier is considered one of the great young goalies in the game, perhaps the best young goalie who does not have a starting spot on an NHL team, languishing behind the league's only other goalie named Jonathan, Jonathan Quick. Getting Bernier didn't come cheap, however.
In addition to their back-up Ben Scrivens, the Leafs give up a very promising forward, Matt Frattin 25. Frattin had 7 goals and 6 assists in 25 games for the Leafs and showed he has talent and a willingness, and ability, to get to the net and score. He may soon become yet another young weapon King's coach Darryl Sutter has in seeking another Stanley Cup. The Kings also get Toronto's' second round pick in either 2014 or 2015.
A former 11th overall draft pick by the Kings (2006), Bernier was 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and a .922 save percentage last season. A restricted free agent, he will now challenge James Reimer for a number one spot. Reimer was strong last season helping Toronto get to their first playoff appearance in 7 seasons but his tendency to let in questionable goals at the wrong time has plagued him.
While Reimer went 19-18-5 this season with a 2.46 GAA, not stellar numbers, his defence was not as experienced or strong as the one Bernier had in L.A.. Reimer wound up the season with a save percentage of .924, among the best in the NHL among regular goalies.
Bernier is eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer.
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