Kings trade goalie Bernier to Maple Leafs

Kings trade goalie Bernier to Maple Leafs

June 23, 2013, 1:15 pm
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In the end, the latecomer walked off with the party’s top gift.
 
CSNPhilly.com reported late last week that the Toronto Maple Leafs had made a push to obtain goalie Jonathan Bernier, and on Sunday the Leafs got their man.
 
Toronto gave up forward Matt Frattin, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens and its second-round pick in the 2014 or 2015 NHL entry draft.
 
Sources said the Leafs also sweetened the deal with $500,000 going Los Angeles' way.
 
Although the Flyers could have easily matched by offering Matt Read, a source familiar with the talks said the Leafs, wanted a higher level player from the Flyers.
 
Why? The source said the Kings weren’t interested in Read because he will be unrestricted next season.
 
“They wanted a couple players we simply weren’t going to trade,” the source said.
 
Even had Read been acceptable,  however, the Flyers had no NHL-ready goalie to appease Kings general manager Dean Lombardi other than Steve Mason.
 
Obviously, the Flyers’ interest in the 24-year-old Bernier was to supplement what they already had in Mason, so the latter was going nowhere.
 
Bernier played in 14 regular-season games for the Kings in 2012-13 as Jonathan Quick's backup. He had a 9-3-1 record with a sterling 1.88 goals against average and .922 save percentage.
 
Although this temporarily works in Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s advantage, the source said the Flyers will continue to look at other goaltenders, including those in free agency.
 
In other words, the Flyers still have until 5 p.m. on July 4 to offer a compliance buyout to Bryzgalov.

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