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Report: Columbus is asking about Jonathan Bernier after all

Jul 14, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Jonathan Bernier, Andrei Loktionov AP

Earlier this morning, we passed along a story in which Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson denied having an interest in Los Angeles Kings backup Jonathan Bernier. That might not be the truth, however, as Aaron Portzline “confirms” that Columbus is indeed in talks to acquire Bernier.

Portzline tries to determine what a Bernier trade might cost the Blue Jackets.

What would the Blue Jackets have to give up?

Well, they could simply return the Kings’ first-round pick acquired last February in the Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson deal. The Blue Jackets passed on using it this season, so they have the Kings’ 2013 first-rounder. Perhaps Steve Mason, in the final year of a contract but three years into a slump in Columbus, would be part of the deal, too.

The Kings drafted Bernier 11th overall in 2006, so if they follow up that Stanley Cup run with a strong season, it’s possible they’d get a lower first-rounder in 2013 for Bernier. (Mason isn’t much of a bargaining chip right now, obviously.)

If the Blue Jackets indeed acquired Bernier, they’d have two inexperienced netminders in Bernier and Sergei Bobrovsky. It would be interesting to see which goalie would nab the No. 1 job in that situation, but there’s still a long way to go first.

The Kings would also need to see it as a worthy deal, for one thing.

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

  1. phillyphever - Jul 14, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Hmm….maybe Nash becomes a part of the deal.

    • sneezl - Jul 14, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Knowing Howson, if Nash was involved, he’d want to Kings to throw in Quick as part of the deal.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    I’d like Bernier on the jackets , maybe get Bernier , Williams , and Stoll for rick Nash and Steve mason

    • alexb64 - Jul 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Unfortunately here is how the conversation would actually work:

      Kings: So Bernier, Williams & Stoll for Nash & Mason? Well we can probably try to work out something but I don’t know if…

      Howson: I’d also want Quick & Richards.

      Kings: Wait what?

      Howson: And Jeff Carter.

      Kings: This is stu….you traded us Jeff Carter anyway!

      Howson: Haven’t you heard? I’m LOONEY TUNES! *makes Woody Woodpecker laugh & writes “I’m an idiot” into a tree with his nose*

      Kings: Okay we’re just going to hang up now.

      Howson: I WANT A TIME MACHINE & A DEMOCRATIC MARS!

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Haha probably but would you think that is a good and fair deal for Bernier stoll Williams for Nash and mason?

    • sneezl - Jul 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      As a Kings fan, I’d say I don’t particularly like the trade a whole lot, but it doesn’t seem awful either. So it might be a fair deal.

      But there are two problems: the Kings aren’t on Nash’s list of acceptable destinations, and it sure doesn’t seem like Howson would “settle” for that. My guess is that Nash doesn’t get moved until a new CBA is in place, so that all the teams know exactly what their boundaries are.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Yeah that would seem as what would happen for Nash but I think Nash should suck it up and let howson do the trading

  5. jkaflagg - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I’ll say it again: I have no problem with Howson trying to drive a hard bargain using just about the only valuable asset he has…..some GM who has been screeching about how the price is too high might change his mind tomorrow, or his owner might change it for him…..

    There seems to be an arrogance that some GMs have that bad teams like Columbus should be happy to yield their best players for a package of whatever odd and ends, bad contracts and/or failed prospects they offer up……the team being forced to give up the best player in this type of deal almost always loses, but it doesn’t mean they have to get completely shafted…..

  6. jacketsfan7 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Oh definitely but they do have jack Johnson , James Wisniewski , and a potential star Ryan Murray on the back end so it’s not like Columbus is losing their ONLY star but I totally agree with you

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