Flyers, Maple Leafs and Islanders said to be in the mix for Jonathan Bernier

  • Nick Kypreos: Kypreos is hearing that Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier will be traded sooner than later, and that the Flyers and Maple Leafs could be the front-runners. The Flyers if they decided to buyout Ilya Brygalov and there is the Leiweke-LA link for the Leafs.
  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: The Flyers were one of 12 teams that Kings GM Dean Lombardi has contacted about Bernier. The Kings source said,

    “Basically, we’re running an auction,” the source said.

    The Flyers might offer Matt Read, as the Kings are said to be looking for help on the wing.

  • Sam Carchidi: Thinks that a 1st and Sean Couturier is too much for Jonathan Bernier, but Couturier for Bernier would be tempting, especially with Scott Laughton close.


  1. Chris

    June 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Leafs should only get Bernier if he can be their number one centre or a top 2 d man….of course I am kidding but the reality is that the Leafs are solid in goal, solid on the wings and have excellent defensive depth. The top line centre position and a top 2 d man are lacking.

  2. mike

    June 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    As a flyers fan I would be very disappointed if they trade couturier! It should be matt read nd a second for him that’s it nothing more homer!

  3. hotwings

    June 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    the leafs and flyers are the 2 teams that should NOT be in the bernier’ “sweepstakes”…

    leafs already have a bernier in the form of james reimer.. and ben scrivens who looks very promising..

    flyers should cool off their taste for new goalies for a few years… especially a trade scenario that involves an auction no less…

  4. Douglas

    June 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    The Leafs have to seriously consider Bernier. It depends on the price. Our 1st round pick should be off limits. If the Kings insist on a top prospect plus our first, then we should pass.

    I know we need a top line pivot, however, other than acquiring another team’s reject (Sam Gagner, Paul Stastny) I just don’t see who is available on the trade block that we could target. Even IF Ryan O’reilly is deemed to be the answer we can’t get him until the trade deadline. We have to give Joe Colbourne the chance to be that illusive top line center. If he can’t do it, at least we’ll know he tried with the big club.

  5. Chris

    June 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Yeah great idea. Trade young assets for a backup goaltender with tons of potential because that worked so well for us last time… remember? No I’m not talking about Rask for Raycroft which was possibly the worst trade in Leaf history. I’m talking about the attempt to ‘correct’ that mistake in 2007 when JFJ, in his infinite wisdom, though that San Jose backup Vesa Toskala (then a 29 year old backup with a .908 save %/2.35 GAA and a 26-10-1 record). The price? a 1st round pick (13th overall), a 2nd round pick and a 2009 4th round pick. San Jose traded those picks to move up to #9 and pick Logan Couture. If the Leafs had just stuck with Rask they would have had one of the best goaltenders in the league as well as one of the best young centres in the league. No. Stick with Reimer. He’s the same age as Bernier, has more experience and almost identical numbers. Just because he was a former 99th overall instead of a 11th overall does not mean a thing. Guys like Ryan Miller (5th rounder), Pekka Rinne (8th rounder) and Jonathan Quick (3rd rounder) weren’t highly touted 1st rounders either. Accept that while Reimer isn’t Vezina calibre, he’s the real deal and a top 10 NHL goaltender last year.