Parade Planners Emergency Podcast: Jonathan Bernier!

Christian Petersen

My knee-jerk reaction to this deal was negative, and though I still think it's an unnecessary move, I'm starting to not hate it quite so much.

Losing Matt Frattin? Well, it's not a shock. Losing Ben Scrivens? Meh, he probably wasn't any kind of long-term answer, but at least for the time being, he was a serviceable backup on the cheap, made more important by the cap going down. Losing a second round pick? Well, it doesn't sound like a great idea, but not the end of the world. Oh, and Bernier isn't even signed.

The good news is that the Leafs have acquired a goalie who is a definite upgrade, at least as a backup, and who could push James Reimer for the starting role. I chatted briefly with Justin Goldman from the Goalie Guild (@TheGoalieGuild) for his thoughts, and I found them encouraging:

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