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Details of mystery draft pick Leafs received for Bernier revealed.

We finally know the details of this trade.

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Despite the fact that it happened a significant time ago, the specific details of the trade that saw Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier traded to the Anaheim Ducks, shortly after the Leafs acquired goaltender Frederik Andersen from that very same team, were never made clear... until now.

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston has recently discovered the specific conditions attached to the conditional draft pick the Maple Leafs got in return for Bernier, and there are no less than four conditions attached to that pick, all of which seem extremely unlikely to net Toronto any kind of return at all.

Here are the four conditions as per Johnson's report:

— If Bernier starts half of Anaheim’s playoff games next spring and the Ducks win the Stanley Cup, Toronto receives the Ducks’ 2017 second-round pick. (If Anaheim doesn’t still own that selection, it will transfer its next available second-rounder from a future 

— If Bernier starts half of Anaheim’s playoff games next spring and the Ducks lose in the Stanley Cup Final, Toronto receives the Ducks’ 2017 third-round pick. (If Anaheim doesn’t still own that selection, it will transfer its next available third-rounder from a future year.)

— Should Anaheim trade Bernier to a team that starts him in half of its playoff games next spring and wins the Stanley Cup, Toronto receives the Ducks’ second-round pick.

— Should Anaheim trade Bernier to a team that starts him in half of its playoff games next spring and loses in the Stanley Cup Final, Toronto receives the Ducks’ third-round pick.

There are four scenarios here, and all of them point to the fact that the Leafs placed so little value on Bernier that they believe moving him for the cap space was worthwhile.