The Toronto Maple Leafs made a splash on Sunday when they acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings for forward Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens and a future second-round pick.
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While they were not considered one of the top three teams to land Bernier this offseason, the New Jersey Devils have been tied to trade rumors featuring the 24-year-old backup dating back to last year.
It is no secret that New Jersey needs to start looking for the goaltender of the future. Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg are in the final years of their contract, and retirement seems more and more likely for the 41-year-old goaltenders as they head into the 2013-2014 season.
Jeff Frazee, Keith Kinkaid, and Scott Wedgewood are considered the organization's top goaltending prospects, but none of them seem ready to take the reigns from Brodeur after this year.
New Jersey had the assets to make an offer to Los Angeles, considering that they hold the No. 9 pick in this year's draft, but GM Lou Lamoriello decided to stay quiet before free agency begins.
With Bernier now off the market and the organization's prospects not ready to make an impact at the NHL level, here are a few options the Devils could consider for the future.