The Anaheim Ducks today acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional draft choice. Bernier is expected to backup to John Gibson.
Bernier, 27, probably was not looking for a backup role, but he has proven to be successful in that capacity in the past. He has posted an 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 with Los Angeles and Toronto.
The 6-0, 185-pound goaltender set career highs as a starter in wins (26), GAA (2.68), SV% (.923) and saves (1,737) with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The following season, Bernier established career bests with 58 appearances and 55 starts in Toronto.
Bernier went 12-21-3 with a career-high three shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and .908 SV% in 38 games with Toronto last season. Bernier, who was acquired by the Maple Leafs from Los Angeles in exchange for Ben Scrivens, Matt Frattin and a second-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft on June 23, 2013, led Maple Leaf goaltenders in wins, shutouts and saves (1,014) in 2015-16.
Selected by Los Angeles in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Bernier made his NHL debut at the age of 19 with Los Angeles, beating the Ducks 4-1 in London, England on Sept. 29, 2007. In his final season in Los Angeles, he went 9-3-1 with a 1.88 GAA and .922 SV% in 2012-13.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services