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Ducks Acquire Bernier From Maple Leafs

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The Maple Leafs Have Traded Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks have acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional draft pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. According to James Mirtle of Globe and Mail, this trade was essentially apart of the Frederik Anderson trade from last month, but could not be done because of money.

By waiting until now to make the trade, the Ducks avoid paying Bernier’s $2 million bonus, which the Maple Leafs paid on July 1st.

Bernier, 27, was drafted 11th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. He spent 3 seasons with the Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs before taking over as the Kings backup goaltender behind Jonathan Quick. He excelled in his role with the Kings, but after Quick signed a 10 year contract extension and Martin Jones, now with the San Jose Sharks, came up and played well, he became expendable.

Follwoing the 2013 season, the Kings traded Bernier to the Maple Leafs for goaltender Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin, and a second round pick in either 2014 or 2015. He played in a total of 151 games with the Maple Leafs, but only won 59 and struggled to keep the puck out of the net.

Bernier will likely serve as the backup to goaltender John Gibson in Anaheim, who will be the starter after the Ducks traded Anderson to Toronto. He excelled as a backup goaltender in Los Angeles, where he had a good defense and had less playing time, a situation he is likely entering now in Anaheim.

For the Maple Leafs, acquiring Anderson last month signaled the end of Bernier’s time in Toronto. While a goaltending tandem of Anderson and Bernier would have been very strong, there seemed to be a rift between him and Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock. This trade leaves the Maple Leafs with no clear backup goalie, so the team will likely be looking for a cheap, veteran option behind Anderson.