Reasons why the Maple Leafs should avoid dealing for Jonathan Bernier, and it’s not too late for the Flyers to bolster their defensive depth.
SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox listed five reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs should avoid trading for LA Kings backup Jonathan Bernier. Among them, they already have a comparable goalie in James Reimer, the Kings aren’t desperate enough to move Bernier, and it would take away from “Option A” – Roberto Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a sensible list by Fox, but that won’t mollify Leafs fans pining for GM Brian Burke to do something – anything – to improve their goaltending. I have my take on the Leafs situation in my THN.com column.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio believes it’s not too late form Flyers management to do something to bolster their blueline, suggesting they could contact the San Jose Sharks about the availability of Dan Boyle and Douglas Murray, or the Montreal Canadiens about P.K. Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle might be available (provided he’s willing to waive his trade clause), but the Sharks would likely want a good young forward in return, and will probably ask for either Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn or Wayne Simmonds. Murray, on the other hand, would be a more affordable acquisition, but the Sharks might not be willing to part with him. Forget about calling about Subban, the Habs won’t move him.