Today, things appear to have shifted. CSN Philly is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs have "significantly upped the ante" for Bernier and it has effected the Flyers pursuit of the goaltender. It appears that, for the Flyers to top Toronto's proposal, they would have to pay a higher price than they feel Bernier is worth.
Now, the Maple Leafs have not exactly come out of no where in the pursuit of Bernier but I don't understand it. They already have 25 year old James Reimer in the fold, who went 19-8-5 with a 2.46 GAA and a .924 SV% in 33 games last year for Toronto. He has the look of a goaltender who is coming into his own as he led them to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Bringing in Bernier would challenge Reimer but is that really necessary? Plus 26 year old backup Ben Scrivens played well when called upon posting a 2.69 GAA and a .915 SV% so the backup goaltender isn't an issue either.
I'm not really sure why Toronto is trying to stockpile goaltenders but this raises some qustions as to whether or not the Flyers will buyout the contract of Ilya Bryzgalov this summer.
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