NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Chatter on Jonathan Bernier, Bobby Ryan and More
The NHL season doesn’t begin until mid-October, which means there is still plenty of time for teams to work out deals to improve their rosters this summer.
Every franchise is trying to improve and position itself for a real shot at winning the Stanley Cup next season. After witnessing the No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Kings win it this past season, GMs have to realize that anything is possible if you make the postseason.
Let’s take a look at some rumored moves that could improve a few different organizations across the league.
The Anaheim Ducks elite forward is on the block, and a number of teams are seriously considering paying a pretty penny for his services.
Ryan, a New Jersey native, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft and has played his entire career with the Ducks. His best season came in 2010-11, when he totaled 71 points and led the team to a playoff appearance.
Now, the Boston Bruins are apparently thinking about acquiring the 25-year-old. But according to ESPN's James Murphy, the Ducks' asking price has been too high. They apparently covet David Krejci and Milan Lucic, two players that Boston has made unavailable.
Talks will likely continue between the two clubs, and other teams—such as the Red Wings—will likely attempt to get involved in the Ryan sweepstakes.
Will the Maple Leafs Get Bernier?
Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun found that the Maple Leafs are highly interested in acquiring L.A. Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier.
While it’s currently unknown if the Toronto team has made an offer, it would likely be willing to part ways with forward Matt Frattin.
While Bernier is just a 23-year-old and is relatively unproven, Frattin has been a disappointment so far and Bernier has more upside.
Considering Jonathan Quick just signed a 10-year extension, it’s likely the Kings will be willing to part ways with the backup.
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