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Bernier bidding reportedly down to three: Leafs, Flyers or Wild

Jun 21, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

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Sounds as though there’ll soon be a winner in the Jonathan Bernier sweepstakes.

According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, only three teams remain in the running for the Los Angeles goalie — Toronto, Philadelphia and Minnesota — and that the Kings are prepared to take the best offer put forth by one of the three clubs.

Toronto’s interest in Bernier has been rumored for quite some time.

GM Dave Nonis has refrained from speaking specifically about replacing incumbent starter James Reimer, but has said on numerous occasions he would look to upgrade any position — including goaltending — if the opportunity presented itself.

(Remember the whole Luongo-at-the-deadline fiasco?)

The Flyers’ offer would seemingly be contingent upon buying out Ilya Bryzgalov, then pairing Bernier with Steve Mason, who was acquired from Columbus last season and quickly signed to a contract extension.

Then there’s the situation in Minnesota, which is quite intriguing.

Earlier this week, owner Craig Leipold gave a less-than-ringing endorsement of Niklas Backstrom, saying “we are not uncomfortable” with bringing the 36-year-old Finn back to be the Wild’s No. 1 netminder for 2013-14.

Backstrom’s four-year, $24 million deal expires in July and he’d have to take a serious pay cut to stick in Minnesota.

The Wild don’t have a ton of cap space, so the possibility of getting a starting goalie on the cheap (Bernier is a pending RFA, and made just $1.25 million last season) would be tantalizing.

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  1. Habib Marwan - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    do it flyers!! even if it takes the younger schenn sister to git er dun! lol

    • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

      It won’t take either Schenns to get it done. At the greatest, it would be a combo of Matt Read/Scott Laugton/#11 overall/2nd rounder/2014 1st round pick.

      • aldog83 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Dammit!

        Kings don’t want undrafted guy older than Schenn or Simmonfs!!!!

        Read is also a RW and if we are taking a RW back.it better be Simmons!

        At least Schenn is a left handed LW/C which is what LA needs.

        Nobody wants Laugh ton either!

        Simmons, Schenn, Or some combo of 11th pick plus something.

        Or else have fun with Bryz, Mason, or Bobrovsky ( woops bad move there)

      • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        There is no way the Kings get anything close to Schenn or Simmonds from any team for Bernier.

        They will likely get a mid first 1st round pick and a high rated prospect, such as Frattin from Toronto.

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    its pens fans like Habib ^^^ that have an infatuation with the Flyers that give Pens fans on this site a bad name. you, sir, are hardly a Pens fan. youre just a flyers hater. really man? you comment on EVERY flyers article. get a life and worry about your own team

    • miketoasty - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      What? Who said he was a Pens fan? Wow, jumping the gun a bit?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        What are you his live in girlfriend? He’s a closeted Pens fan from down south.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      He’s actually a Thrashers fan. The last of a dying breed.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Who said he was a pens fan?

    • narfmoo12 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      We have been on this site before today. He’s a pens fan.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Although he irrationally and incessantly hates on anything Philadelphia related, he has said before that he lives in Georgia and is a Thrashers fan. He’s able to relate to cities whose hockey teams have threatened to relocate, like Pittsburgh, but he’s not a Pens fan.

  4. somekat - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Obviously the Kings have to do what’s best for the teams. But, IMO, Bernier has been one heck of a soldier. He came in and did a great job when needed, and even though he knew he’s probably be a starter on 15-20 other teams, you never heard a peep from him

    Obviously, if one offer is miles better than the others, you take that offer. But if the offers are close, I’d like to think they would be Bernier’s input on the situation. They are in no way obligated to do so, but that’s what separates the decent/good organizations from the great/class organizations. There is a reason vets tend to take less money to go to certain teams (Boston, Philly, and Detroit come to mind), and it’s because how they treat their players. Getting some input from the guy could be a huge step in moving LA into that class of franchise, even if it’s just a small factor

    • darksidecowboy - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I get what you’re saying, but including Philly with Boston and Detroit I disagree with. Isn’t Philly the same team that shipped out both Richards and Carter after they signed their big deals? You think Carter was happy going to Columbus? How about the captain Richards being traded? The best teams that imo treat players right would be Detroit, Boston, and Pittsburgh. If I was Bernier I’d take Minnesota. Hockey crazed state, less media pressure, and no Philly goalie curse to deal with.

      • tcclark - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM

        All he said was players tend to take less money to go to/ stay with those teams. In Philly there have been numerous players who have taken less to play in Philadelphia. In Fact Richards and Carter both took less to stay there. Them trading them after the fact has really nothing to do with what he was saying. The Flyers signed Joffrey Lupul to a large extention and traded him when it kicked in and Richards and Carter both signed their extensions. The Flyers also signed JVR to a long extension after the Richards and Carter trades and traded him too before the extension kicked in. Players sign for less to play with Philly regardless of whether they trade their players or not. There’s a reason Danny Briere is so upset about leaving Philadelphia and Gagne wants to come back and players like Knuble and Fedotenko came back last year. Players like playing for the Flyers organization and are willing to sign for less money to play there.

      • somekat - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:32 PM

        besides what tcclark said, there is a reason why so many vet players, even guys who really only played here a year or two like Hatcher, wind up working in/with the Flyers organization after they hang the skates up.

        Read the original post, the first thing they have to worry about it what’s best for the team. But if the offers are close, that’s when you worry about the player himself. If the Leafs are offering Kessel, and the Flyers are offering Rinaldo, yeah, who cares what Bernier thinks. But if it’s close, the class organizations do care. That’s why Richards and Carter have both said they’d be open to come back later in their career’s. They know they screwed up with falling in love with the night life so much, and the flyers did what was best for the team

      • laxman1944 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        Yor comment re. The Flyers are NOT a player friendly team are insulting to say the least

        Ask ANY former player that was with the club what kind of organization they are and how they treat their current/former players.

        Ask Keith Jones…….

        Richards/Carter had some issues and the room was a mess………Pronger can attest to that.

        But the club would welcome them back with open arms.

        Justin Williams lives in the area and works out in the summer with his old club.

      • jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        carter and richards did it to themselves in philly. homer was protecting them from media and gossip writers/websites.

  5. docvegas - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    so the flyers may get bernier and give the kings matt ried, one of the few offensive weapons they have, a real no brainer from the idiot gm. tell you one thing ried would fit it real well with the kings. i remember the last bernier the flyers picked in the first round, good old serge bernier who dumped after a short stay and i think they gave him to the blues if i am not mistaken.

    • 19to77 - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      That’s like saying “Keith and Brent Gretzky, they sucked out loud. Better pass on this Wayne guy, he’ll be a bust too.”

    • somekat - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      If they get Bernier for just Read (he’s not the Eagles X coach), then I’m not sure where the “Leafs may have scared off the Flyers with their offer” came from. I would call Read for Bernier a heck of a deal for the Flyers.

      It would probably kill any chance at a Bobby Ryan deal and keeping the 11 pick, but I think it would be a good move. I’m done with Bryz, and I’m interested in Mason, but I’m not ready to hand him the keys

    • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      While Read is a good top 9 player and sound defensively, Bernier could be the young goalie that they can build around for 5+ years.

      Plus Read has 1 year left on his deal and would get a large pay raise (3+ million). I don’t think they would resign him with Laughton coming up soon (maybe even next season). Laughton being a 3rd line center, shifting Schenn to wing, making Read expendable.

      • jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        some people in organization think laughton is better and more nhl ready than coot,coots, whatever.people can mock the flyers for their bad decisions at goalie but they do know how to find centerman and wingers.

  6. tmathio - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    The only trade that I like for the Wild would be Clutterbuck and Heatley for Bernier but the value doesn’t really match up.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      No way the Kings would take on Heatley, he has negative value. Minny would have to give up one of their top forward prospects, such as Granlund or Philips.

      • jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Heatley is damage goods

  7. girouxed - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Philly is not a player friendly organization…? How could anyone comment on here and say either way?

    • jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      uh? they pander to every player that steps foot in philly and most of them live in same township where their practice arena is located.

  8. bobhpine - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Philly is not a Stanley Cup friendly organization

  9. tmathio - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Exactly that’s why I think the Wild should be going for Heatley and another medium talent guy say clutterbuck/prosser for one of the blues goalies

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      Prosser’s value is about as high as Chris Prongers at the moment. Nobody wants him.

  10. jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    who wants to bet it’s read,player and prospect for bernier and forward.

    • jimw81 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      keep this in mind holmgren likes to do blockbuster trades. there are several kings ufa’s that would fit perfectly with flyers.

  11. stakex - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    I think everyone needs to slow down for a second. Why does everything think this guy is going to be a top flight starting goaltender anyway? He has played all of 62 NHL games over a span of five seasons, and the results were up and down at best. He looked good this season, but he only played 14 games and was also playing behind a cup quality team with one of the better defenses in the NHL.

    The question is what happens when he goes to a team like the Flyers, Leafs or Wild? None of which have anything close to a “good” defense and certainly aren’t cup quality teams. If I was a team trying to get Bernier I wouldn’t give up all that much for him, and I would certainly have a backup plan in mind if he isn’t able to play the role of starter.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:53 AM

      I’m not sure why you think any of that? Maybe it’s me, but Ryan Suter was the runner up for the Norris, after an incredibly slow start. Brodin should have finished higher in the Calder voting, but nobody saw him on the east coast since the Wild never played anybody (except Detroit and Columbus) in the eastern time zone and over half of their games started at 9:00 or later on east coast. Oh and don’t forget about blue chip prospect who’s going to be here next summer in Matt Dumba.

      Sure Bernier has played in 53 total games, but he’s value comes on the fact he’s 24 years old, makes 1.25 million qualifying offer in an off season where the cap drops 6 million, and he’s a former 1st round pick (11th overall). Not to mention he’s 29-20-6 in the NHL and his .912 save percentage is more than respectable.

  12. tmathio - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    The Wild have one of the best defenseman in the league and one of the best young D-men in the league and behind them is a solid crop of D-men. I’d say that they aren’t good but they are definitely solid.

  13. kingsforever - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    God Philly fans overrate their players…Matt Read alone can buy you Al Montoya not Jonathan Bernier.

    If any team thinks that they are going to get him without paying through the nose, they’re gonna have a bad time…

    Matt Read…please.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Hate to tell you but your gm and assist gm are former flyers and a built a powerhouse
      no one in L.A. will even care if they deal Bernier for Matt Read

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      And I’ve seen Kings fans over the past few days talking about receiving the likes of Taylor Hall, Gabriel Landeskog, Wayne Simmonds+Voracek (package deal), Voracek+11th pick, etc, etc, for a goalie that’s played 62 NHL games. Kings fans are totally overvaluing Bernier. Matt Read would fit perfectly in LA as they need a cheap winger. No one is saying Read straight up will get Bernier but as part of a package deal it makes sense. You probably haven’t seen much of Read but he does everything… scores goals, plays smart in his own zone, QBs the PP, kills penalties… he’s a valuable commodity at under a million dollars.

  14. mclovinhockey - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Read is a close to 50 point a season guy for 800K

    Bernier is a guy who has played 60 NHL games.

    LA is looking to trade an unproven backup goalies rights…

    All I have really heard is Flyers rumours. Anyone know what other teams are offering?

  15. aldog83 - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    it’s obvious that he really needs a goaltender bad

    And no one likes to over pay for anything.

    ( or think they’re over paying)

    I agree Kings fans are shooting high…..

    But why do all Philly fans insist on trading away Matt Reed.

    He is starting to sound like the spare part nobody wants!

    • matthewmacisaac - Jun 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      I agree. Those that watch every game see that Read is an excellent hockey player. He fits in the Flyers like past Flyers, Propp and Poulan. They may not have been top ten scorers, but they played well in every situation. Fans could count on them making the right move, just like Read. I’d love to see Bernier in a flyers uniform, but I’d be offering Brayden Schenn back to them. I don’t think he’s going to live up to the hype, so trade him before his value goes down too much.

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