Anatomy Of A Jonathan Bernier Trade

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The Oilers are one of a number of teams that would be interested in Bernier’s services

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Who Wants Jonathan Bernier?

Let’s take a look at the possible return scenarios we speculated about, based on past goalie trades and list the teams that fit the criteria.

1) A top 10 pick in the 2015 draft

Buffalo, Arizona are out as Bernier isn’t worth McDavid or Eichel on his own.

New Jersey, Columbus and Colorado all have established young No.1 goaltenders.

That leaves us with Edmonton, Carolina, Philadelphia and San Jose as potential suitors.

2) A late 1st round pick in the 2015 draft and a top prospect

Teams with known or potential goaltending issues qualify here:

Anaheim, Detroit, Dallas, Winnipeg, San Jose, Philadephia, Carolina, Edmonton and Buffalo.

3) A young goalie, young roster player and early pick

We’ll judge this category by the young goaltender piece as there are only a handful around the league.

Montreal (Zach Fucale), Boston (Malcolm Subban), Tampa Bay (Andrei Vasilevski), Washington (Phillip Grubauer) – Teams that already have elite No.1 goaltenders and do not need Bernier.

Arizona – Mark Visentin – The Coyotes are in their own rebuild and aren’t looking to move young assets.

Detroit – Petr Mrazek – With Howard’s game faltering and Mrazek, not quite ready to be the No.1 guy, could Bernier be the answer?

Winnipeg – Michael Hutchinson/Eric Comrie – With Pavelec always a question mark and Hutchinson struggling down the stretch, the Jets are suddenly a serious option.

Anaheim – John Gibson or Frederik Andersen – Although the top team in the NHL, neither goaltender is proven and the team’s cup window is now.

Dallas – Jack Campbell – Lehtonen is injury prone and has had a brutal year, do the Stars look to start fresh with Bernier?

I’ll cut the team that doesn’t fit multiple criteria so goodbye to Buffalo.

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  • We’re also going to cut Philadelphia because of how well Steve Mason has played in spite of the team in front of him. Winnipeg might not like the uncertainty, but they are only fighting for a playoff spot because of Hutchinson, so they won’t give up on him so quickly. Detroit is the last cut as they are married to Howard for the short-term and have a history for hanging onto their goalies even when they shouldn’t.

    That leaves us with the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks as the best potential trade partners.

    Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman linked Bernier to Edmonton and San Jose in a recent 30 Thoughts column, as well as tying Toronto to John Gibson out of Anaheim.

    Sportsnet’s Damien Cox linked the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars to Bernier just before the deadline:

    So now you know there is some logic and fact based here, not just me spouting off nonsense.

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