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Report: Jonathan Bernier expects to be traded

Jul 12, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

Jonathan Bernier, Bobby Ryan AP

Jonathan Bernier doesn’t expect to be a member of the Los Angeles Kings for much longer, according to TVA Sports reporter L.A. Lariviere.

In fact, the 23-year-old goalie reportedly asked to be traded before the deadline, but the Kings refused.

Bernier then spent the entire playoffs on the bench watching Jonathan Quick win the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Quick then signed a 10-year contract extension, all but ensuring Bernier, the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft, would be moving on.

If it’s true that Bernier asked to be dealt at the deadline, it’s no surprise the club said no. At the time, Quick only had a year left on his contract, after which he could become an unrestricted free agent. For the Kings, trading Bernier then watching Quick walk away next summer would’ve been the worst-case scenario.

The challenge for the Kings now is to maximize Bernier’s trade value. His numbers in 2011-12 were passable – a 5-6-2 record with a .909 save percentage — but not great.

It could be argued GM Dean Lombardi would be better off keeping Bernier in a backup role in hopes those numbers improve.

According to Lariviere, however, Bernier expects to be traded close to training camp and “preferably close to home.”

Bernier is spending the day showing off the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Laval, Quebec, which is just north of Montreal. If he wants to be traded close to home, hopefully somebody told him Carey Price just signed a big contract with the Canadiens.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    LEAFS

    • dhawks19 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

      The leafs don’t Want another young unproven goalie with potential like Reimer and bernier although bernier is probably better, but the leafs want an expirienced goalie that’s proven himself

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        I know, but this year it seems their only options are to either give up the farm for Luongo or go with Reimer and Scrivens. Neither is very appealing. If they can get Bernier for a reasonable price and have three potentially solid goalies in the fold I say it’s worth a shot.

  2. mathieug79 - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Is it possible Steve Yzerman also picks up this guy? get 2X the chance of getting a #1 elite goalie, if both succeed then trade one. WIN-WIN. But I can just imagine how much he’s going to cost, probably way too much! I also expect Burke, Tambellini, and Howson to be in on Bernier, maybe even Brian Murray

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

      No, he already traded for Lindback, drafted Vasilevskiy in the 1st this year

  3. wingsfan40 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    chicogo bro no matter how much i want him to detroit det just signed gusstafson so unless you wanna have a goalie (howard) thts good and 2 back ups better say bye to gustafson and they just signed him they dont need anymore goalies they got 3 (howard gusstaf macdonald ) there trying to trade macdonald to)

    • charliereno - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      I don’t see that happening, wingsfan40. The ‘Hawks won’t give up a 1st round pick for a guy who has only played 48 NHL games with a .910 when they’ve already got a starter in Crow whose got 122 NHL games with the same %, not to mention 8 playoff games with an even better % (.924). Crawford had a down year this past season, but I think the front office is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that it was a ‘sophmore slump’, as am I.

  4. blackfoot11 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Sweet Home Chicago……..

  5. highlander24 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    If this goes through I’m just afraid of what would happen if god-forbid Quick ever went down. Martin Jones would be the guy but he’s no Quick or Bernier, at least not yet. If we trade him hopefully we either get high draft picks or good prospects or both.

  6. blueblood86 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Ship him out to Boston
    Woahhhh ohhh

  7. highlander24 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    You know, we don’t have to trade him at all.

    • itwasafumble - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      This is true. A few years ago, I was arguing with a friend through my videogame (a Habs fan, that chump) how Bernier was the future of my franchise. I told him **** that, Quick is already the Man. I’m quite happy to see that I was right in this case, but there is no question that Bernier has massive potential.
      In case of injury, it would be nice to have a more than solid replacement in Bernier, but it could also be wise to receive maximum trade value while we can get it.

  8. oside760 - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    i hope they keep him. hes a real good goaltender. quick needs a good backup

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