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Ducks Acquire G Bernier from Toronto in Exchange for Conditional Draft Choice

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional draft choice.

Bernier, 27 (8/7/88), has posted an 88-88-23 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against average (GAA) and a .915 save percentage (SV%) in 213 career NHL games with Los Angeles and Toronto. The 6-0, 185-pound goaltender set career highs as a starter in wins (26), GAA (2.68), SV% (.923) and saves (1,737) with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The following season, Bernier established career bests with 58 appearances and 55 starts in Toronto.

Bernier went 12-21-3 with a career-high three shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .908 SV% in 38 games with Toronto last season. Bernier, who was acquired by the Maple Leafs from Los Angeles in exchange for Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft on June 23, 2013, led Maple Leaf goaltenders in wins, shutouts and saves (1,014) in 2015-16.

Selected by Los Angeles in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Bernier made his NHL debut at the age of 19 with Los Angeles, beating the Ducks 4-1 in London, England on Sept. 29, 2007. In his final season in Los Angeles, he went 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and .922 SV% in 2012-13.

Bernier spoke to the media Friday afternoon:

On the trade
I didn't know there was a trade coming or that I was gonna get moved, but Lou [Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello] called me with the news this morning. I’m definitely very happy to come to the Ducks. It seems like a great organization and they have a great team as well. I think it’s a great fit for me and obviously a new chapter.

On returning to California
Obviously I had a great time with the Kings and I’m familiar with playing on the West Coast. I know a lot of players on teams there in that division. Playing in Toronto, I had a real good experience, but when you go through a rebuild it’s never easy. I’m going to a team that’s a Stanley Cup contender, and you’re feeling better coming into camp and knowing you have a great team in front of you.

On his familiarity with the Ducks
We played the Ducks a lot [when he was with the Kings], and they always had a great team. They’re usually a big, strong and skilled team. Defensively they’re very solid and they have a good system. And knowing Randy, he’s very high on a defensive mentality, so I think it’s a great fit.

On competing with John Gibson
I’m just looking to focus on myself. At the end of the day, if you play well and win games, things usually work out. I just want to make sure I’m giving my 100 percent in practice and games, and give my team a chance to win. You can’t think about how many games you’re going to play or whether Gibson is playing more games than me or not. I’ve been working hard this summer, and I’m ready to go for the upcoming season.

On his time with the Leafs
There’s nothing bad. I really enjoyed my time in Toronto. It’s probably one of the greatest organization, greatest fans. Leafs Nation is unbelievable. There are only good memories I’ll have playing in Toronto.

On reuniting with Randy Carlyle, who coached him in Toronto
It’s a coach and player relationship that we had. I had to gain his confidence when I got traded to Toronto, but we always got along well. He’s a very detailed coach, and he demands a lot. That’s what you want from your coach.

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