Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Long Standing Domino Finally Falls

Over the course of time you are going to hear names thrown around in trade rumors. In many instances you hear the same names over and over again and they officially become the number one trade bait for armchair general managers.

Today one of those names finally changed locales. Young goaltender Jonathan Bernier has been traded from the Los Angeles Kings to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Ben Scrivens, forward Matt Frattin, and a second round pick in the 2014 or 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

With the rise of Jonathan Quick to the status of an elite goaltender it was only a matter of time before Bernier was shipped out of Tinseltown. Bernier has been regarded as a solid goaltending prospect who could turn into a very good number one goalie in the NHL. Obviously there is never a shortage of goaltending needs around the league and the Leafs have been stuck in that pool for the last couple of years, even though it seems like James Reimer is slowing getting things together. Other teams that were mentioned as being in the sweepstakes for Bernier were Philadelphia, Minnesota, and the Islanders. 

How is Bernier going to fair in Toronto? It is all a wait and see at this moment but I can imagine Head Coach Randy Carlyle is going to have to answer questions daily about his goaltending controversy between Reimer and Bernier. 

So now the next goaltending controversy to get solved is in Vancouver where it looks like John Tortorella is going to become the head coach. John Tortorella + Vancouver media + endless goaltending controversy questions? Nothing hilarious could possibly ensue...

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