CFN – Leafs GM made a bold move and won the Jonathan Bernier sweepstakes picking up the Kings goalie for the price of Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin, a conditional 2nd, and $500K of cap space.
In trades they always say the team that wins is usually the team that gets the best player. In this case some might say Bernier is that player, but some might not.
Toronto has a lot of parts and players of value; but you don’t win Lord Stanley’s cup for having the most talent. You drink from the cup by being last man standing and sometimes you have to pay to get those missing pieces.
The question is did Mr. Nonis pull a Brian Burke?
The trade value essentially is what is the difference between Scrivens and Bernier. In this case Toronto is betting that Frattin, a 2nd and cap space is worth it and LA is agreeing.
For LA it’s a great trade. They still have a credible back up for Jonathan Quick and Matt Frattin still hasn’t shown whether he’s just another plugger or enigma or as I feel, just might be a power forward that still hasn’t hit his stride yet because of opportunity and injuries.
There have been many instances of big forwards like John Leclair moving to a new team and blossoming. Frattin is the gamble that LA has taken. If they’re wrong they still get the 2nd and the $500K in cap space. Win LA
For Toronto; unless they are about to trade James Reimer too they now will have a competition and possibly goalie controversy for Leaf Nation to gab about.
What do you think Leaf fans? Did Mr. Nonis hit a home run and will Jonathan Bernier be a stud in net? You can post your comments below.