It took about two weeks, but the Toronto Maple Leafs took care of their newest acquistion.
The Leafs agreed to terms on a contract with restricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier on Friday. The two-year deal is worth $5.8 million. The average annual value of the contract against the Maple Leafs' salary cap is $2.9 million. The contract will make Bernier the highest-paid goaltender on the club.
It all but signals that Bernier will likely be given a better-than-decent shot at the starting job when camp opens in September. Bernier came to the Leafs in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on June 23 in exchange for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick in either 2014 or 2015. He is now ready to head in to camp and do battle with James Reimer for the starting gig.
Bernier, a 24-year-old Quebec native, spent parts of five seasons as a backup in Los Angeles prior to the trade. He won a Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012. He has a career 29-20-6 record, with a 2.36 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. This past season, he went 9-3-1 with a .922 save percentage.