Toronto Maple Leafs Should Avoid Jonathan Bernier

By Andy Schmidt
Jonathan Bernier
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The last week or so has been full of rumors about Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier and where he could be traded to.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the teams that have been suggested to where he could be sent to. While I like Bernier as a goaltender, I don’t think Toronto is the right place for him with the current goalie situation right now.

I may be crazy, but wasn’t James Reimer good enough to get three wins in the first round of the playoffs before the team’s third-period collapse in Game 7? He had just held the Boston Bruins to one goal in both Games 5 and 6 and the team had a 4-2 lead in Game 7 with a minute left.

I don’t think the Maple Leafs would have rallied from a 3-1 series deficit without Reimer. They can’t give up on him now even after what happened in the final seven minutes of Game 7.

You know that Los Angeles is going to ask for a lot in return for Bernier since he is only 24-years old and has proved he can be a big-time goalie. I don’t think the risk is worth the reward for the Maple Leafs, however. They should stick with Reimer and let him take them to the next level.

There are already other irons in the fire to acquire more talent. The goaltender position isn’t one to put a ton of energy into right now. Toronto could be on the verge of going deeper next season without making a goalie switch.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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