it reminds me of the Jack Johnson deal. you have to take into consideration not just the talent you give up, but the actual impact to the team.
DL traded Johnson but he had Voynov to replace him and there was no drop off.
DL trades Bernier who was only going to play 20 games for the Kings anyway, and picks up a guy that can play those 20 games with little drop off (if any) and gets a guy that will be a top-9 player for at least 2 years. plus he gets a 2nd round pick which in the past, DL has turned into guys like Voynov and Toffoli and Simmonds.
i think it's a good day with potential to be a great day.
Bernier was a back-up goalie here, and that's all he ever was going to be here, behind one of the best goaltenders in the league.
If we forced him to play out his contract years here, he would have played one or two more years as a backup and then walked for nothing.
So how the hell can you get "hosed" on a deal that you take a modest downgrade at one position (back-up goalie for back-up goalie) while addressing a need with upside (2nd/3rd line winger) and getting a 2nd round pick? You are right, it isn't "robbery", but I can't fathom how it could be looked at as anything but a win from the Kings perspective.
How Bernier does in Toronto will determine whether it was a good deal for THEM. It is irrelevant to us, we've already won in this trade.
Quite similar to Loktionov being dished really. It is irrelevant if he becomes a consistant 20-goal scorer in the league. He was never going to be anything here.
DL got absolutely taken to the woodshed on this trade. TERRIBLE negotiating. Frattin??? Really? I would have taken season tickets to the Blue Jays in trade instead of Frattin. Toronto gave up NOTHING of true value. A 4th round depth guy who provides next to nothing, a goalie who barely qualifies as a backup and a 2nd rounder OF THEIR CHOICE on the year for a great goal tender who has potential to be a franchise goalie.......absurd.
I find it impossible to believe this was the "best" deal out there with as many as 10 teams in need of a potential franchise goalie.
If I was a Leafs fan, I would be LMAO right now @ the Kings front office.
Either way good luck JB, hope you reach your potential in Toronto.
where this team is, i think what DL got might be better for the next 1-2 years than a mid-first would have been.
and remember, you have to pay those mid-first round picks some pretty good money, so even if they could step in and play, DL wouldn't have the cap space to play them. that all comes into play.
Joking aside, I think that you are not thinking enough of the REALITY of the situation.
Also, for this not being "a great day for the organization": No...it's not a great day but it isn't bad at all. I'd call it an average day for a team that won a Cup in 2012 and got to the WCF in 2013.
Or are you saying DL is a bad GM and didn't do a good job in finding the best deal in order to screw the Kings?