NHL Trade Scenarios: Best Deals Kings Could Get in Return for Jonathan Bernier

While the Los Angeles Kings and goaltender Jonathan Quick were being propelled to the top of the hockey world during their 2012 Stanley Cup run, one thing was becoming more and more apparent—Jonathan Bernier would no longer be satisfied playing in a backup role.

After the team won the Stanley Cup and then signed Quick to a ten-year deal, the 24-year-old Bernier asked for a trade.

Bernier is the top goalie prospect on the trading block. The Kings have explored trading their backup, but they won't do so unless the trade is right. Especially with the looming lockout, there is no reason for the reigning Stanley Cup champions to force themselves into a trade.

Bernier has made a slight impression during his starts, but he doesn't have a resume that will have suitors breaking down the door to Staples Center. He has played 48 games for the Kings in four seasons, positing a 20-17-5 record with five shutouts, a 2.50 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.

Here are the best deals the Kings could get for their backup goaltender.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto had major inconsistency between the pipes last year and are in need of a solid starting goaltender if they hope to make their first appearance in the playoffs since 2004.

According to the Toronto Sun, the Leafs expressed interest in Bernier this offseason:

Whether an actual offer has been made by the Leafs is not clear, but one name that has been apparently involved in trade talk is Leafs forward Matt Frattin.

Frattin is a young winger with potential, but he has not proven himself to be an established player in the NHL. The Kings are already fairly deep on both wings and would likely put Frattin in their minor league system.

If the Kings were to make a trade with the Leafs, they would need much more in return. Frattin packaged with draft picks and either James Reim...

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