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Here’s what it might take Columbus to land Jonathan Bernier

Jul 22, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Jonathan Bernier AP

Last week we shared a report of the Columbus Blue Jackets interest in the Kings’ young backup goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch gives his take on what it might take GM Scott Howson to land the netminder and he has a lot of reasons to be reluctant about proceeding.

The Blue Jackets might have to send the Kings’ No. 1 pick in 2013 back to them to get it trade, and it could take something else. Not sure if the Kings would be willing to take on the contract of Steve Mason ($3.2 million, then RFA next summer) to facilitate a trade.

Howson is more than familiar dealing with Kings GM Dean Lombardi thanks to their Jeff Carter for Jack Johnson swap last season, but if they have to part with the pick they got from the Kings to get Bernier, that’s rough.

Summing things up it would wind up being: Jack Johnson and Jonathan Bernier for Jeff Carter and whatever else they might have to part with to get Bernier. Sending out Mason might be the one saving grace if the Kings were OK with it.

When you add in what Columbus gave up to get Carter (Jakub Voracek, 2011 first and third-round picks that became Sean Couturier and Nick Cousins) that’s an amazingly brutal set of moves. Maybe Howson wants to think things through should he decide to give Lombardi a call to talk things over again.

  1. phillyphever - Jul 22, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I wonder if Nash might be on the table for this (provided Columbus takes back a bad contract from LA).

    • ron05342 - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      The Kings do not have any bad contracts.

      Nash for Bernier? After what this guy has been asking for Nash? NFW.

    • sneezl - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Howson absolutely has to get some offense back if he’s giving up Nash, so I don’t see this happening.

  2. claysbar - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    If they go just draft pick/s, I’d think they’d want Columbus’s 1st, not their own back.

  3. daerian - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Sounds good to me. A really late first round pick for a franchise goaltender? I’d do it. It’s a no-brainer if the Kings were willing to take on Mason.

    • howiehandles - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      He’s a franchise goalie now? Based on his stellar career to date? If other teams saw his as a franchise goalie, there might be more than one team bidding on him. Let’s see him play a full season before we get even close to that conversation. His value is based on potential.

  4. smackers86 - Jul 22, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    That trade would work out to Steve Mason, Jacob Voracek, Sean Couturier, Nick Cousins and what will likely be a late first round pick for Jack Johnson and Jonathan Bernier. That might sound like a lot of pieces, but it’s actually a good deal, especially considering Howson would have blown the picks and not taken a guy like Couturier.

  5. sneezl - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Why make Lombardi out to be some kind of rip-off artist? If anyone got the better of Howson, it was Holmgren in the first Carter trade. Lombardi giving JJ and a pick for Carter seems pretty fair, in light of how Carter performed in the wake of the trade from Philly.

  6. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM


    Whoever lands this “quality” individual will be very lucky indeed. Next only to Jonathan Quick, Cory Schneider and Carey Price, Jonathan Bernier is without a doubt right now the “# 4” goaltender in the NHL today ! Theses idiots like “Lou and Bryz” aren’t even worth the oxygen it takes to utter their stupid names ! … I say “get lost you creeps and go back to Russia and Florida where you fools belong ! With Bernier however, the team which is lucky enough to land him will be the equivalent of someone finding a diamond in the rough ! … no two ways about it ! Good-bye comrade Bernier and God speed to you …

    • howiehandles - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      He’s number 4 based on what? He’s done nothing to date. He’s not even top 10, as the sample size of his worth is almost meaningless. The trade is on his potential to be a franchise goalie. Nowhere close to that right now.

  7. charleslouis99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    the kings have three bad contracts quick Richards and Carter more than 6 years isn’t good way too far in the future after that

  8. charleslouis99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    and blomfeld thanks for that laugh ill remember that one not number 4 in the league what About tuuka task rinne lundqvist Smith so on I’d rather have any of the the above then bernier

    • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:08 AM


      Achtung Charley ! Okay, so let’s get down to brass tacks shall we and just call it like it is. Right now, the top five goaltenders in the NHL are as follows …

      1) Quick
      2) Schneider
      3) Price
      4) Bernier
      5) Rask

      Meanwhile, the three biggest “dopes” are without a doubt Luongo, Bryzgalov and that “mental case” Thomas ! And as far as that Swedish “beanstalk” Lundquist is concerned, to me he’s nothing more than an “over-rated” flake, playing for a highly “over-rated” team. Your support for Rask however is to be commended and therefore I will leave this discussion with my guns lowered …

      • tbbolts91 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:47 AM

        Are you insane?

  9. charleslouis99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    the only person you’re overrating is bernier would you mind telling us his stats from last year gee who were finalists for the vezina who outperformed bernier a lot of goalies by your logic Jacob markstrom might as well be in the top 10 lol

  10. charleslouis99 - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    smh theirs other guys who are just already better than bernier I’m not saying he’s bad he’s just not top 5 lol I’d rather have Branden holtby while I’m thinking of current goalies I’d rather have

    • blomfeld - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM


      Charles … the key friend is to always look for what’s definitely there, yet not readily apparent to the majority … anyone can look at “that which has been” and draw conclusions accordingly, etc … but that’s the behavior of “herd like” sheep … don’t be a sheep man ! … Bernier is absolutely “incredible” and that’s something which can be easily deduced from the limited play he’s been afforded thus far … mark my words … this could be Columbus’ best signing ever !

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