The rumors have become truth. For the past ten months, a trade involving goaltender Jonathan Bernier leaving the Los Angeles Kings has been thrown around the National Hockey League rumor mill, and one of the big teams in the rumor pool were the Toronto Maple Leafs. Today, it seemed like everything we heard was going to happen, happened. Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced this morning, that Jonathan Bernier has been traded to the Leafs in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens, and a second round draft selection in either 2014 or 2015 (Toronto’s option).
Jonathan Bernier, 24, was drafted by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He recorded a 29-20-6 record in his 62 regular season games with the Kings, had a .912 save percentage, a 2.36 goals-against-average, and six shutouts. Bernier expressed that he would potentially like a trade after being a backup, with starters numbers.
With a sadness in his voice, Kings Assistant General Manager, Ron Hextall, addressed the media about the loss of Bernier, and the acquisitions.
“Well it’s two-fold. It’s kind of bittersweet for us. Jon’s been with us a long time, he’s been a great soldier for us, and he’s been a very good player for us. Unfortunately he’s stuck behind Jonathan Quick which is a tough situation for Jon. As a sense of fairness to him and the timing of the situation, we felt we did what was best for the organization. We made the move, we wish Jon the best, and thank him for everything he’s done for us.”
One of the Kings newly acquired players was Leafs backup goaltender Ben Scrivens. The 26-year-old, six-foot-two, 192-pounder, was a quality backup netminder for the Leafs for the past two seasons, recording an 11-14-2 record over his 32 regular season games, including a .910 save percentage, 2.86 goals-against-average, and two shutouts. Hextall showed his excitement to have Scrivens on the Kings roster, “He was a backup there in Toronto, he’s got real good numbers. He’s a talented guy, but I think the biggest thing about him is that he’s a battler. He fights through, he works hard, he competes, and we feel like with Jonathan Quick he’ll be a nice compliment.” Scrivens was a college star at Cornell University, and although went undrafted in the NHL Entry Draft, he was a Hobey Baker finalist after his senior season.
The other acquisition for the Kings was the talented 25-year-old, Matt Frattin. This past season, Frattin, a forward, recorded 13 points over his 25 regular season games, seven of those coming from goals he scored, three that went for game winners. Frattin has 82 career games in the National Hockey League, in which he’s attained 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists), and has stayed out of trouble with just 29 penalty minutes. “Matt is a power forward, he’s got speed, he’s a real powerful body, he’s got good hands, he can score goals, he’s a gritty player, he’s a playoff type of player, and we’re really excited about acquiring Matt,” said Hextall of Frattin.
Matt Frattin tweeted this morning about the trade as well. “Just want to thank [The Maple Leafs] for a first class experience to start my pro career. Very excited to join the [Los Angeles Kings].’
The trade today lead to a big cap adjustment for the Kings, making room potentially to re-sign both defenseman Rob Scuderi, and forward Dustin Penner.
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