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The trade as it is written sends Frattin and former Cornell goaltender Ben Scrivens (and a 2nd round pick in 2014 or 2015) to Los Angeles for Jonathan Bernier, a goaltender who has spent his entire career thus far as a backup.
Bernier had a great year backing up Quick but it is apparent that Quick isn't about to be usurped and that his Stanley Cup performance was more the norm rather than Giguere-esque. Scrivens is young and, at least at this point, seemed destined to be a good career backup goaltender. Frattin has had 27 points (15g-12a) in his 82 game NHL career thus far.
I think Bernier is the winner in this trade. He now comes into a fluid goaltending situation in Toronto and can more than likely take over.
It's a toss up between Frattin and Toronto incumbent goaltender James Reimer. Frattin was getting a ton of chances with Toronto and it's not all that guaranteed with Los Angeles. Who knows if Frattin will stick in the NHL next season with LA when he suredly would have with Toronto.
As for Reimer, he sits at home having thought that Toronto was high on him. He did do a lot for Toronto this year after all and he is young. So Toronto goes out and acquires another young goaltender. Bernier isn't being acquired to ride the pine. In the end, I believe this amounts to a slap to the face to Reimer. The NHL is a business and sometimes the business is harsh.