A report this morning stated that a source told CSN Philly that the Toronto Maple Leafs had made a significant offer to the Los Angeles Kings for Bernier and it might have scared the Flyers away.
Well, as far as the Kings are concerned, the Flyers are still very much alive in the sweepstakes. In fact, according to RDS' Ren Lavoie, the Flyers, Maple Leafs, and Wild are the three finalists for Bernier. The Kings are going to trade him to whatever one of those three teams offers them the best package.
Again, I don't understand the Maple Leafs involvement in this trade. They have a 25 year old goaltender in James Reimer who had a great year and led them to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. The Wild reportedly were interested in re-signing free agent goaltender Nicklas Backstrom but Backstrom is 35 years old and the team might be looking to get younger.
It is worth noting that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren and Kings general manager Dean Lombardi do have a history together. Lombardi and Holmgren orchestrated the blockbuster trade in June 2011 that sent Flyers captain Mike Richards and Rob Bordson to the Kings in exchange for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, and a 2012 second round pick.
This situation will all-but-certainly be resolved within the next week.
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