Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Flyers' potential interest in Bernier
By Victoria Matiash
If the Philadelphia Flyers opt to use a compliance buyout on Ilya Bryzgalov (a realistic possibility at this stage), acquiring a new No. 1 goaltender would quickly move to the top of GM Paul Holmgren's offseason to-do list. In such a case, Travis Hughes of SBNation suggests a trade for Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings could suit the Flyers nicely.
"... It's not hard to imagine the Flyers offering (Matt) Read for Bernier. When you consider the Flyers' organizational strength at forward, the fact that Read's trade value will likely never be as high as it is right now and that Bernier could theoretically (hopefully?) be the young goalie the team finally locks down for years at a relatively affordable price tag, it all makes sense ..."
The Kings would ask for (and likely get) more than just a player like Read in exchange for Bernier -- but time isn't on L.A.'s side. With Bernier poised to become a restricted free agent, GM Dean Lombardi would prefer to avoid having to match an offer sheet later. A pre-emptive trade would likely be a good move for all involved. You can imagine Bernier himself is champing at the bit to get away from Jonathan Quick and earn the chance to prove he's a legit No. 1. Working in tandem with Steve Mason in Philly could offer the 24-year-old that opportunity.