After weeks of speculation, Jonathan Bernier was finally traded on Sunday afternoon. The Los Angeles Kings sent their backup goaltender and restricted free agent Bernier over to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Matt Frattin, goalie Ben Scrivens, and a second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015, as reported by Steve Simmons.
The Maple Leafs will now have to sign Bernier to a contract as he is set to be a restricted free agent on July 5th.
The Maple Leafs emerging as the final team in the Bernier saga wasn't exactly surprising (we had them in our final three), but perhaps what they gave up for Bernier might have caught you off guard.
Bernier is a talented backup goaltender. With that being said, his value appears to have been inflated in this trade. Stop and consider that Bernier was about to be a restricted free agent for a team that had no intention of keeping him. The Kings would be happy to get just about anything for an asset they no longer plan to retain, but...