June 23 2013 02:33PM
Welp. Holy crap. The Leafs got Jonathan Bernier.
Here's what I think of the deal, what this could mean, and a text statement from Ben Scrivens.
June 23 2013 01:35PM
Matt Frattin is now a Los Angeles King.
The important thing here… What do the Leafs lose, what can visiting Los Angeles Kings fans expect from him?
June 23 2013 12:58PM
Ultimately, the players that the Toronto Maple Leafs gave up in the Jonathan Bernier deal weren't extremely valuable, but they're still likeable players that we'll miss so we'll have some individual breakdowns on their best moments throughout the week.
What Toronto did give up in the trade was mostly opportunity cost. James Reimer has been the starter of the Toronto Maple Leafs for three half seasons. In two of them, he had all-star calibre numbers and in the other one, he was concussed. The trade does two immediate things for Toronto, the first being that the departure of Matt Frattin means that Colton Orr will get more ice time, and the second being that Reimer will get fewer starts with Bernier in the system. The Leafs wouldn't have traded three pieces for a backup goaltender, so you have to think that there's a plan to run a tandem goaltender system.
June 23 2013 11:00AM
Kings receive forward Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and Leafs second round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) June 23, 2013
Well, there you have it.
For the first time since the Ed Belfour era, the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't need a goaltender. Then they traded three assets for a man who is most likely to be the team's backup.
We'll have a little more on this later, but the initial prognosis is that that's a fairly underwhelming return for the Kings. We all know about Ben Scrivens (and we will miss him, he's probably the smartest NHLer in the game) but Matt Frattin isn't a player you can conceivably expect to play in your Top Six. He's a good bottom-end player with good forechecking ability and speed, but his finish and defensive game isn't necessarily there.
June 21 2013 03:11PM
Bernier is the same age as James Reimer, as half as much NHL experience and not as high of a save percentage in that brief span. If the Maple Leafs were to be making a deal for Bernier, they would be paying purely for potential because there just isn't enough evidence on the surface showing that Bernier has what it takes to be a capable starter in the NHL.