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Report: Columbus inquires about Kings goalie Bernier

Jul 13, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

Jonathan Bernier

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

The Dispatch has confirmed that [Blue Jackets GM Scott] Howson has inquired with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi regarding Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who has asked to be traded in the wake of a 10-year contract signed by Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner and the Kings’ clear No. 1.

That Columbus expressed interest in Bernier shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yes, Howson already has Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky on the books — but Howson also said after acquiring Bobrovsky that he wanted more NHL-caliber depth in goal.

It’s also not surprising Howson got a hold of Lombardi, as the two paired up to consummate the Jeff Carter-for-Jack Johnson deal just prior to February’s trade deadline.

That proved to be a solid move on the part of Howson. Johnson thoroughly enjoys being a Blue Jacket — the polar opposite of Carter — and said being in Columbus is “great”.

The Blue Jackets also get L.A.’s first-round pick in 2013.

  1. bennywuh - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    “he still wanted more NHL-caliber depth in goal.” Cause you know that’s not Steve Mason.

  2. sonvar - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Can’t make our goaltending situation any worse than it already is. If it does happen hopefully it means Mason gets moved or at least sent to the AHL for the season

  3. claysbar - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    It could be a package of Mason + for Bernier. LA can absorb Mason’s cap hit, RFA after this year and walk away if he doesn’t show them anything. If Bernier gets moved, they are gonna need someone to back up Quick and I’m not sure what they have going in the minors. There really isn’t anyone exciting left in the FA market.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      So the Kings are going to trade Bernier for nothing?
      Ya sounds great if you’re a Blue Jacket fan, of course why are the Kings doing this trade? You seriously think the best the Kings can do is a bad goalie and contract?


      • claysbar - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Guess you missed the + comment.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        Guess I assume when you can’t or won’t even begin to name the players who are the “+” that they are not worth mentioning. Since you only talk about Mason, I have to assume he is the “center piece”.

      • east96st - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        theawesomersfranchise – Guess your old lady or the boss rode you pretty hard today. Either that or you’re an absolute ass. claysbar is not the GM for either Columbus or for LA so 1) he’s not under any obligation to list players to please some internet assclown’s demands 2) even if he did, it’s absolutely meaningless. He has nothing to do with the deal. Howson and Lombardi are the only two opinions that count. They will either work something out or they won’t. Neither claybar, you, nor me will have ANY impact on that.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        Yet I still will point out stupid when I see it

  4. capesouth - Jul 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Tim Thomas…take a shot on the old man, Columbus.

  5. itsallniceonice - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    How has the sun not already set on Mason’s career?

  6. drunkbro - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    what does columbus have to offer?

  7. rushledger - Jul 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Well if this deal goes down you can imagine LA might get there 1st round pick back or Columbus’s 2nd round pick which will be about the same

  8. blomfeld - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM


    This is sad but inevitable. Nonetheless, God Speed to you comrade Bernier and may it be that you never have to face your old friends again, up there on the “high” ground …

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