The Los Angeles Kings were rumored to be exploring trade possibilities involving talented young goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The Toronto Maple Leafs have frequently been mentioned as a team being in the market for a top-flight netminder.
On Sunday the paths of the two teams crossed, as the Maple Leafs acquired the rights to Bernier from the Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin and a second-round pick in either the 2014 or 2015 NHL Draft.
Bernier, 24, is set to become a restricted free agent. A first-round pick by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Draft, he's been stuck behind 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick. Bernier played in 14 games this season, posting a 9-3-1 record with a 1.88 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
"It's kind of bittersweet for us," Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall said. "Jon's been with us a long time, he's been a great solider for us, he's been a very good player for us. Unfortunately, he's stuck behind Jonathan Quick, which is a tough situation for Jon. As a sense of fairness to him and the timing we felt was best for the organization, we made the move. We wish Jon the best and thank him for everything he's done for us."