The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional 2017 draft pick.
The first question hockey fans asked after hearing about the Bernier trade was: “Why wasn’t he just part of the package to acquire Andersen in the first place?” The answer has to do with money. Bernier was owed a $2-million signing bonus on July 1 and the thinking is the Ducks simply didn’t want to pay it
Bernier’s salary cap hit in 2016-17 is $4.15 million and he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Bernier went 12-21-3 with the Maple Leafs last season, posting a 2.88 goal-against average, .908 save percentage and a career-high three shutouts.
The 27-year-old was originally acquired by Toronto from the Los Angeles Kings in June 2013. The 11th-overall pick of the Kings from the 2006 NHL Draft is 88-88-23 with a 2.67 GAA, .915 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 213 career NHL games.