Flyers talk to Kings about goalie Jonathan Bernier

Is Paul Holmgren sniffing around at Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier? (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Is Paul Holmgren sniffing around at Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier? (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Posted: June 20, 2013

Is another goalie shake-up in the works for the Flyers?

The Los Angeles Kings have talked to the Flyers about trading them goalie Jonathan Bernier, an NHL source confirmed Tuesday.

At the moment, the Flyers plan to have Ilya Bryzgalov and Steve Mason battle for the No. 1 goaltender's job in training camp.

But the Flyers are considering buying out Bryzgalov's contract. If that happened, Bernier, who is a restricted free agent, would be a nice fit.

Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, said last week the Flyers have not talked to him about buying out the goalie's contract. "But I know that things can change," he said.

On Tuesday, Winter said general manager Paul Holmgren told him Bryzgalov would not be bought out.

That could change, of course, if the Flyers are able to acquire Bernier.

The Kings reportedly have mentioned Sean Couturier and Matt Read in talks with the Flyers.

At least 10 teams have talked with the Kings about Bernier, including the Flyers and the New York Islanders.

Bernier, who will turn 25 on Aug. 7, was outstanding as Jonathan's Quick's backup last season. He went 9-3-1 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in 14 games.

In 62 career games, he has a 2.36 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He was the Kings' first-round pick (11th overall) in the 2006 draft.

Mason, 25, had a revival after being acquired by the Flyers late last season, compiling a 1.90 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage in seven games.

Streit update. The Flyers' defense will include Mark Streit, a club source said. "It will get done," he said of a four-year, $21 million deal ($5.25 million annually) that will be signed once the Flyers have salary-cap space.

The team acquired the rights to the 35-year-old Streit from the Islanders last week.

The Flyers' top six defensemen next year - Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Nick Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, and Streit - will have a combined $26.85 million cap hit, which is 41.8 percent of the team's $64.3 million cap.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

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