This year the hot name on the market is 24 year old Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos tweeted today that the Flyers, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs, are the front runners to land Bernier. He is slated to become a restricted free agent this off-season.
It is worth noting that Bernier fired his previous agent and hired CAA sports, specifically Pat Brisson, to represent him. If Brisson's name sounds familiar that is because he is also the agent for Flyers captain Claude Giroux and new Flyers defenseman Mark Streit.
The Kings are expected to be able to get fair market value for Bernier as the suitors are numerous (some say 12 or more teams). The Flyers would like a deal to center around Matt Read as the Kings have depth up the middle and need help on the wings. That being said, it is not out of the question that the Kings would try to center a deal built around Sean Couturier. Buzz around the league is the bernier to the Flyers is not far fetched as Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period cites a league source that thinks Bernier is likely headed to Philadelphia.
Bernier 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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