It was announced this morning that the Los Angeles Kings have traded goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs for goaltender Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin, and a second round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015 (year to be decided by the Maple Leafs).
Ever since Jonathan Quick emerged as the Kings' franchise goaltender, trade rumors swirled involving Bernier. Don't let his back-up status in Los Angeles fool you. Bernier, aged 24, is a solid goaltender, who has a huge upside. Expect Bernier and James Reimer to get close to even playing time in Toronto, creating a sense of healthy competition between the two.
While the Kings gave up a valuable asset in Jonathan Bernier, they brought in a credible backup goaltender in Ben Scrivens, and an offensively talented forward in Matt Frattin. Scrivens, aged 25, will complement Jonathan Quick nicely in net for the Kings, as he is capable of holding down the fort should Quick go down with an injury. Frattin, aged 25, should fit nicely on the Kings second or third line, as he has the ability to produce offensively - an aspect that the Kings struggle with.
This trade makes sense for both teams, and it will be very interesting to see how each of the players will do on their new teams.
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