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Trade Bait: Jonathan Bernier

Mar 29, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

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The NHL’s trade deadline is Wednesday, April 3. Following is a player that may be moved. For more “Trade Bait,” click here.

Rumors were flying on Tuesday when Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier didn’t attend the ceremony at the White House honoring his Stanley Cup-winning team.

It turned out that Bernier had gone home to Canada following the death of his grandmother, but the episode underscored how many people are watching to see how his situation plays out in Los Angeles.

It’s no secret the 24-year-old wants to be traded at some point — not that you can blame him, given starter and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick is signed through 2022-23.

In 2011-12, Bernier’s NHL numbers as Quick’s backup were passable — a 5-6-2 record with a .909 save percentage — but not great.

In 2013, he’s 7-2-0 with a .923 save percentage. Much, much better.

The Kings may choose to keep Bernier past the deadline as insurance for an injury to Quick.

And given Quick’s mediocre play this season, Bernier could even find himself on the ice in the playoffs.

On the other hand, Bernier may be best utilized as a trade chip to give the Kings a better shot at defending their title.

Just to throw it out there — what about sending him to Calgary for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester? After all, it’s still not clear if Willie Mitchell (knee) will be able to play again this season, and the Flames really need to start thinking about life after Miikka Kirprusoff.

Related: Bouwmeester, Flames have reportedly discussed trade

  1. bcisleman - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Don’t see Bouwmeester as adequate compensation. CAL would probably do better to get an adequate vet for now and develop G prospects within the organization.

  2. agc99 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Maybe Shero can get him for for a late round pick.

  3. comeonnowguys - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Alright everyone, who had (1) as the number of comments made before a Penguins fan messed their pants in an unrelated article?

    Come to the gate to collect your pool winnings.

  4. gomer1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I believe he is a RFA at the end of the season, at which a team can offer sheet him for a contract worth $3.3 million per season, and only owe a 2nd round pick as compensation. The Kings wouldn’t (couldn’t?) match, and pay Quick $5.8 and Bernier $3.3. It seems it is in their best interests to move him before the deadline.

  5. drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    flyers might get it right someday

  6. bobhpine - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The only thing the Flyers have mastered is how to be the most miserable franchise in hockey. I don’t mean miserable in the sense that they are not good. They are clearly good enough to lose in the playoffs every year. I mean miserable in how the Flyers and especially their fans carry themselves. They hate everybody, pick fights, lose, blame the league for conspiring against them when they lose, complain, lose more, then come up with bizarre stats to somehow make them feel better about not winning since 1975, etc.

    I mean, when these people cite playoff appearances as somehow being preferable to Stanley Cups I just have to laugh. I also like the overall regular season record stat that they use as evidence of their nonexistent superiority. I guess I sort of understand it. Their team does nothing but disappoint them and since they are already a hateful bunch of people they channel their energy toward hoping other will be as miserable as they are.

    They’ve already found a way to hate a guy like Jarome Iginla. It’s ok. Haters gonna hate. They mad bro.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      You are such a troll. Even on a page not related to the Flyers you HAVE to put in your two cents on how they don’t hold a candle to the almighty Pens. Just stop. This is one of the most hypocritical posts you’ve ever had, and that’s hard to do. “Haters gonna hate”, you just proved your own point since you’re the ultimate Flyers hater and you just have to make your opinion known, over and over again. We get it! Talking about us living for others to be miserable? Are you blind? Look in the freakin mirror. You absolutely live to see Flyers fans miserable. It seemingly is the only thing that makes you happy. You care more about the failures of the Flyers than the success of your own team. You can’t wait more than two seconds after every Flyers game to come on PHT and troll any Philly related article. You live to instigate. Everyone knows the Pens are good this season and the Flyers are not, that’s great but there’s only so many ways you can say it and you’ve said every one numerous times. Just shut up already. You’re more “hateful” than ANY Flyers fan on here. You somehow view your own opinion as far superior to everyone else. The mighty Bobhpine, sitting in his box seats, drinking his wine, totally separated from the commoners in the seats below. Get over yourself ya freakin narcissist. This all despite the fact that you’ve only been rooting for the almighty Pens since ’08, maybe ’05 at the earliest. Keep patting yourself on the back for being a fan that’s only there when his team is good. I respect plenty of Pens fans on here, Ironman, hockeywithdrawal, and Sportsfreak to name a few, but you sir, deserve no respect whatsoever. You’re nothing more than a conceited, hate-filled, troll.

  7. kingsforever - Mar 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    For 100th time, LOMBARDI IS NOT TRADING BERNIER! At least not this season. Just stop

  8. multiplemiggs - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Bernier is NOT being traded to the Islanders for the record

  9. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Mar 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    You never know what COULD happen. Just let’s wait and see….. I hope your right, cause lie I’ve said before… Quick has me worried

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