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Flyers One Of Three Teams Left in Jonathan Bernier Sweepstakes

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A little after 4 PM this afternoon, ecxiting news broke for Philadelphia Flyers fans: the  Flyers are on step closer to getting coveted young goaltender Jonathan Bernier of the LA Kings.

The former 1st-round  pick is extremely talented.

Bernier (24), an upcoming RFA (restricted free-agent), is stuck behind star goaltender Jonathan Quick. Bernier has no chance of replacing Quick who just signed a 10-year extension after backstopping the L.A. to their first stanley cup, and earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP along the way. Knowing this, the Kings called 10 teams regarding trades for the young goalie’s rights. That list of 10 suitors  has know been ruled down to 3 teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild, and Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers are reportedly willing to give up a package of Matt Read + a pick/a piece, but it is unknown whether the Kings’ price has been driven up farther than that.

Bernier is a promising young goaltender. If acquired, he and Steve Mason (25)—Ilya Bryzgalov would have to be bought out—would battle for the starting job. This competition would keep these young goalies battling all season. With that kind of talent working that hard, great things are bound to occur.

Here are Bernier’s Stats (via NHL.com)

SEASON TEAM GP W L T OT SO GA SA SV% GAA MIN
2003-2004 LAVAL REGENTS-QAAA 27 16 4 0 2 62 2.80 0
2004-2005 LEWISTON MAINEIACS-QMJHL 23 7 12 3 0 67 739 .909 2.97 1,353
2005-2006 LEWISTON MAINEIACS-QMJHL 54 27 26 0 2 146 1,586 .908 2.70 3,241
2005-2006 CANADA-WJ18-A 7 3 3 1 1 12 1.71
2006-2007 LEWISTON MAINEIACS-QMJHL 37 26 10 2 94 990 .905 2.58 2,186
2007-2008 KINGS 4 1 3 0 0 16 118 .864 4.03 238
2007-2008 LEWISTON MAINEIACS-QMJHL 34 18 15 0 92 1,001 .908 2.73 2,024
2007-2008 CANADA-WJC-A 2 1 1 0 1 4 76 2.00
2007-2008 MANCHESTER MONARCHS-AHL 3 1 1 1 0 5 93 .946 1.63
2008-2009 MANCHESTER MONARCHS-AHL 54 23 24 4 5 124 1,311 .910 2.40 3,101
2009-2010 KINGS 3 3 0 0 1 4 94 .957 1.30 185
2009-2010 MANCHESTER MONARCHS-AHL 58 30 21 6 9 116 1,823 .936 2.03 3,424
2010-2011 KINGS 25 11 8 3 3 57 652 .913 2.48 1,378
2010-2011 CANADA-WC-A 3 2 1 0 0 6 72 2.01 179
2011-2012 KINGS 16 5 6 2 1 35 383 .909 2.36 890
2012-2013 KINGS 14 9 3 1 1 24 306 .922 1.88 768

9 days until draft day!

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