Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Denis Chasse, the rights to Kevin Bolibruck and Ottawa's 6th round choice (traded back to Ottawa Ottawa selected Chris Neil) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 18, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Manitoba (IHL), August 24, 1999.
Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.
— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier