Ducks Acquire Jonathan Bernier From Toronto

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks acquired Jonathan Bernier from Toronto for a 2017 conditional draft pick on July 8.

UPDATE(7/18/16)Per Sportsnet, here are the details of the draft pick:

1. If Bernier starts half of Anaheim’s playoff games next spring and the Ducks win the Stanley Cup, Toronto receives the Ducks’ 2017 second-round pick. (If Anaheim doesn’t still own that selection, it will transfer its next available second-rounder from a future year.)

2. If Bernier starts half of Anaheim’s playoff games next spring and the Ducks lose in the Stanley Cup Final, Toronto receives the Ducks’ 2017 third-round pick. (If Anaheim doesn’t still own that selection, it will transfer its next available third-rounder from a future year.)

3. If Anaheim trades Bernier to a team that starts him in half of its playoff games next spring and wins the Stanley Cup, Toronto receives the Ducks’ second-round pick.

4. If Anaheim trades Bernier to a team that starts him in half of its playoff games next spring and loses in the Stanley Cup Final, Toronto receives the Ducks’ third-round pick.

If Bernier doesn’t make the Stanley Cup Final next year, then Toronto won’t receive any draft pick.

Career Stats

Bernier has a career 88-88-23 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against average (GAA) and a .915 save percentage (SV%) in 213 career NHL games between Los Angeles and Toronto. Bernier had a record of 12-21-3 with a career-high three shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .908 SV% in 38 games with Toronto last season. Bernier did play under Randy Carlyle in Toronto during the 2013-14 season and part of the 2014-15. A pattern seems to be forming as the Ducks also recently acquired Mason Raymond, who also played under Carlyle in Toronto.

Analysis

Bernier is a solid backup option for Anaheim. When he is on his game he plays very well. He may let in a bad goal, but he can rebound and still play with confidence. He has struggled with consistency in recent seasons, but that has been while playing in front of a suspect Toronto defense.

In terms of finances, the Toronto Maple Leafs paid Bernier a $2 million bonus on July 1 so Anaheim will only have to pay $2.15 million of his salary next season. Bob Murray could have made Bernier part of the Frederik Andersen trade, but by waiting he saved Anaheim the $2 million. The cap hit is still the full $4.15 million this season. According to Generalfanager.com, the Ducks have approximately $9.9 million in cap size left. If the Ducks want to re-sign Hampus Lindholm and Rickard Rakell, then Anaheim is going to need to make some more cap room. It’s likely another trade will come as result to achieve this.

For all the transactions this summer please visit: Ducks Transaction Tracker: Summer 2016

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