It appears that the Flyers are serious in their pursuit for a young, potential No. 1 goaltender this off-season. It was reported earlier this week that the Flyers were "front-runners" to land Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Well, now things just got a little more interesting as ESPN reports that the Flyers are definitely "in the mix" to land Bernier, along with the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Panthers, and Wild.
The Flyers do not seem to be overly comfortable with Steve Mason as the starting goalie which, as the report states, is why there is hesitation to use their compliance buyout of Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov's agent, Rich Winter, said on Tuesday that Paul Holmgren told his client that he will not be bought out after the Stanley Cup Final. Holmgren has denied that statement.
Bernier, 24, appeared in 14 games last year going 9-3-1 with a 1.87 GAA and a .922 save percentage. In his career, he is 29-20-6 with a 2.36 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Many scouts have him tabbed as a future No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, something the Flyers have had trouble grooming over the years.
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