JonathanBernier

 

 

Fantasy Impact: The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and goaltender Ben Scrivens, as well as a draft pick.

 

 

The Kings get: A hustling third-line winger with the talent to step in as a second-line guy when needed. As well, in Scrivens the Kings have a true backup who was probably not going to move up to the No.1 job. Goalie contraversy = solved. In the case of both players, there still may be some untapped upside we have yet to see.

 

The Leafs get: one of the top young goaltenders in the world. That being said, James Reimer is 53-32-14 with a 0.915 save percentage in his career. I believe that Bernier is an upgrade to Reimer and probably a big one - but Reimer is a pretty good goalie who can be an NHL starter. Bernier is 29-20-6 with a 0.912 SV% so the numbers indicate that this is closer than we'd all like to think. But it was Bernier's recent season that re-enforced the idea that he is potentially a top goaltender in the NHL. Potentially.

 

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: We all knew Bernier was going to a new team this summer. And we all knew that he would going there to become a starter. Ideally, he would have gone somewhere that was more 'clear cut', without a Reimer-type hovering over his shoulder. But Bernier is the new Golden Boy in Toronto and he will get all the starts he needs - and he won't be giving up the nasty rebounds that Reimer tends to give up.

 

Reimer's value takes a beating. A bad beating. He's positionally sound and he recovers very well, but he struggles to keep possession of the puck when it hits him.

 

Frattin joins a team that is very deep up front. He tends to make a huge splash right when he needs to - whether that be his just being called up to the big club, coming off a healthy scratch...or just having been traded. So I expect a hot 10 games to start before he tails off and finishes with 45 points. But that assumes he can stay healthy, which has been an issue over the last two seasons (knee, ankle). In the long run, the new scenery will help.

 

Los Angeles starter Jonathan Quick, if there was any doubt, can now enjoy plsying 70 games. With Bernier around, that may have been cut to 60 or 62. 

 

 

Fantasy Players this helps, in order
1. Bernier

2. Quick 

3. Frattin

 

 

Fantasy Players this hurts, in order

1. Reimer

2. Scrivens

 

 

 

 


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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
... I'm surprised people thought Bernier would cost more than Frattin, Scrivens and a 2nd. That's very close to what I figured he'd go for. There's really no precedent to expect he'd have gotten any more than that. Goalies simply aren't worth much in trades, they almost always move for picks and/or other goalies.
June 24, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
... This is all setting the stage for the big Luongo to Toronto move right smilies/wink.gif

An intriguing move to say the least. As a Leafs fan I'm mostly happy but part of me feels badly for Reimer because he really stepped up last year. I see a bit of a timeshare developing in Toronto where the hot hand gets the starts. It's a great situation to be in as long as there are no fragile ego's involved. I have every confidence that Reimer could handle that sort of situation but I don't know much about Bernier's personality.....can anyone comment?
June 24, 2013
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coldsquad2002 said:

coldsquad2002
... Great move by the Leafs. I am surprised the Kings did not get more.
June 23, 2013
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Fast Tony DeNiro said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Wow That's all it took? With the way this Bernier thing has dragged on I figured the price would be a lot higher.
June 23, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... Toffoli is spending the offseason learning the left wing.
June 23, 2013
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woodrow said:

woodrow
... Excellent analysis as always, Dobber.
June 23, 2013
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kbooks said:

kbooks
... The price paid for Bernier was very reasonable. Leafs now have two solid goalies but I would not rule out Nonis flipping Reimer to on of the other teams in need of a starting goalie.

Frattin will also be in very tough to earn a spot on right wing with the Kings. Carter, Williams and Toffoli are ahead of him on the depth chart. Kings might have a problem with Frattin as to be sent to the AHL at 25 with two years in the NHL I think he will have to clear waivers to be sent down.
June 23, 2013
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