With the Toronto Maple Leafs sure to be sellers before the NHL trade deadline, one player who could be moved is goalie Jonathan Bernier.
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Bernier Reportedly Will Be Made Available on Trade Market
Monday, Jan. 25
Mirtle added, "With James Reimer unsigned, the Leafs’ goaltending situation next season is uncertain. At this point, it appears they will either get an extension done with Reimer—who has considerable bargaining power, given his play—or turn the crease over to someone new."
Reimer has certainly been the better player this season for the Maple Leafs, so if a goalie is retained in Toronto, it seems likely it will be him.
Moving Bernier may be difficult, however, because players like Anaheim's Frederik Andersen are also thought to be available on the goalie market, according to Mirtle.
Bernier, 27, is 6-12-3 on the season with a 3.13 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. He's recovered after a tough start to the season that saw him fail to earn a win in his first 11 starts. While he hasn't been excellent since then, he's settled in and been much more solid between the pipes.
Bernier is a decent goalie mired in a tough stretch and his worst season statistically since his rookie year with the Los Angeles Kings. He remains a strong option between the pipes for playoff teams looking to upgrade the position, however, and seems likely to have plenty of suitors.
Once the goalie market sorts itself out a bit—or once the Maple Leafs lower their demands—it's a safe bet that Bernier will be on the move.