Report: Flyers, Kings Talking Jonathan Bernier Trade
The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings have discussed a trade involving LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, a league source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi.
The timing of this news makes sense considering according to some reports, Philadelphia will buy out the remainder of Ilya Bryzgalov's contract, but that may not happen unless the Flyers have a trade in place to acquire another goaltender.
That trade could be for Bernier.
The Kings have reportedly mentioned young forwards Sean Couturier and Matt Read in talks with the Flyers, keep in mind, the Flyers have been linked to Bernier before.
Acquiring Bernier and having him battle Mason would make a lot of sense for the Flyers and give them two young, talented goalies. The Kings drafted Bernier in the first round in 2006 with the intention of making him their franchise goalie, but the development of Jonathan Quick has made Bernier expendable. The Flyers traded for Mason after he posted a 1.90 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage while earning four wins.
To acquire Bernier, the Flyers will have to buy out veteran Daniel Briere. He has reportedly been told by the Flyers that he will be bought out, according to team sources.