Last week, the NHL rumors were circling that the Philadelphia Flyers were extremely interested in acquiring goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings. They were in talks to negotiate, but nothing had been set it stone, mostly because the Kings were planning on trading Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Sunday afternoon it was announced that the Leafs traded the Kings for Bernier in exchange for forward Matt Frattin, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens and a second-round draft pick to be used in either the 2014 or 2015 entry-level draft.
The Flyers missed out on another deal, which means they may be stuck with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov for good. The team is still adamant that they plan to keep the starter, but had they acquired Bernier, general manager Paul Holmgren was likely to use the team’s second compliance buyout on Bryzgalov.
So, how did they miss out on snagging up a solid backup goaltender that is itching to prove himself in a starting position?
The asking price was just too high.
The Flyers reportedly offered up forward Matt Read, but since his contract is up after next season, the Kings didn’t want him due to his impending unrestricted free agent status. The Kings likely also wanted them to throw Sean Couturier into the deal, but the Flyers would not budge.
Offering up Read, who lead the rookies in the 2011-2012 season and came back from a injury way too early this season, means that the Flyers were very serious about attaining Bernier. Read is one of their better young players and it’s clear he only slumped last season due to a torn rib cage.
Just because Read did not go to the Kings, it doesn’t mean that he is staying a Flyer. His talents make him ample trade bait and if the Flyers are looking to land a huge star in the offseason, he might just be offered up again.