According to Andi Petrillo of Hockey Night in Canada, she is hearing the Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs have made an offer to Jonathan Bernier, the Stanley Cup Champion back-up goalie of the Los Angeles Kings.
Petrillo sent out a tweet last night stating;
Bernier made comments last week about his future as a hockey player with the Kings and that he wanted to be traded during this past season, and certainly wants to be with a new club before training camp opens. Bernier, at age 23 wants a opportunity with a new club and to prove he can be a a number one starting goalie.
“I asked the Kings to trade me before the trade deadline, but they refused; now that Jonathan Quick signed a long-term deal, I expect to be traded before training camp starts.”
Bernier was drafted by the Kings in the 1st round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft. Through 48 games played of Bernier’s career, he has a 20-17-5 record, 2.50 goals against average and a .910 save percentage, with five shutouts.
What will the Maple Leafs offer for such a player as Bernier? The Kings are in a need of a defensemen more than a forward. That is why sending Clarke MacArthur or Matt Frattin makes no sense for the Kings.
I’m sure that there are other parties interested in what Bernier has to offer, those probably including the Columbus Blue Jackets.
I believe with certainty that Bernier will be traded before training camp, to which team, well only one could guess.
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