Despite the current situation in the NHL, teams still need to prepare like a full season of hockey is coming and that means making moves to strengthen rosters. Toronto is one team that could use some help in the net and recent rumors could have the Maple Leafs acquiring the talent they need to make a run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the upcoming season.
The Toronto Sun reported earlier this summer that the Leafs were looking at Jonathan Bernier of the LA Kings. The 24-year-old asked for a trade after the team won the Stanley Cup and then signed starter Jaime Quick to a ten-year deal.
With 20 career victories and a solid 2.50 goals against average, the former first round draft pick is ready to take over as a starter and a move to Toronto would help him and the Maple Leafs.
Jake Ware of Bleacher Report has suggested that the Leafs send Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, and a future draft choice to Los Angeles for Bernier. The Kings would add depth to their bench and the Leafs would get the standout goalie they need and give the fans of Toronto some reason for optimism for the 2012-13 NHL season.