It was reported yesterday that the Toronto Maple Leafs are currently the front-runners for LA Kings netminder, Jonathan Bernier. The Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild are also in the mix and the Kings will take the best offer from the three teams.
Reports surfaced yesterday that the Leafs made a significant pitch for the 24-year-old Laval, Quebec native and it’s believed the Kings want to move Bernier prior to the June 30th NHL Entry Draft. Bernier requested a trade from the Kings back at the mid-season deadline, but now expects to be traded near the beginning of training camp and hopes to become a starter.
Bernier is currently a Restricted Free-Agent.
Alright, so here’s the situation. I understand Dave Nonis wants to improve in every position, but he will end up wasting assets on Bernier, which could be used for more important issues, like adding a top-four defenseman or chasing a number one centre. It’s clear that James Reimer is now the Leafs starter due to his impressive performance this season and during the playoffs, but by adding Bernier, this will only create a goaltender controversy which will be an unnecessary distraction for the Leaf goaltender and the rest of the team. Adding Bernier makes zero sense because the Leafs already have a guy (Reimer) who can capably start, and there is no strong evidence showing that Bernier could top him, at least right now.
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