Jonathan Bernier Traded to the Anaheim Ducks For Conditional Picks

Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for conditional draft picks. This has been presumed to be a part of the Frederik Andersen deal, but delayed due to the fact that Bernier was owed a $2,000,000 signing bonus after the draft. This makes the final trade: Frederik Andersen and conditional draft picks in exchange for the 2016 30th overall pick, a 2017 2nd round draft pick and Jonathan Bernier.

Jonathan Bernier is a career .915% save percentage goalie in 213 career games, including 151 with the Leafs. Bernier is coming off the worst season of his career that saw him spend time in the AHL. Bernier was originally acquired by the Leafs from the Kings in exchange for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a 2nd round pick. Despite having his worst statistical season to date, Jonathan Bernier finished the season on a hot streak, and tied his personal record for single season shutouts, suggesting he likely has plenty of good hockey to play.

Bernier will most likely be expected to backup sophomore netminder John Gibson, who has never played more than 40 games in a season. Bernier is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season, and will make $4,150,000 this season (of which the Ducks will pay $2,150,000 due to the Leafs paying that two million dollar signing bonus).

Bernier will be reunited with coach Randy Carlyle in Anaheim, under whom Bernier played the best hockey of his career. He will also be joining a team that is a consistent cup contender and features star players such as Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Hampus Lindholm. If Bernier can return to past form under the defensively sound Ducks, he will likely be paid handsomely during free agency in 2017.

 

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