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Report: Bernier expects to be traded by Kings

Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 2:57 PM / News

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Report: Bernier expects to be traded by Kings
Jonathan Bernier told TVA Sports that he expects the Kings to trade him close to the start of training camp for the 2012-13 season.

Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier had his day with the Stanley Cup on Thursday in his hometown of Laval, Que., and he took that opportunity to make it clear he doesn't want to be a backup goaltender for much longer.

Bernier told TVA Sports he expects the Kings to trade him to a team in need of a starting goaltender close to the start of training camp for the 2012-13 season.

Jonathan Bernier
Jonathan Bernier - 2011-12
Goalie - LAK
RECORD: 5-6-2
GAA: 2.36 | SVP: 0.909

"I asked the Kings to trade me before the trade deadline, but they refused," Bernier said. "Now that Jonathan Quick signed a long-term deal, I expect to be traded before training camp starts."

Quick, the reigning winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, signed a 10-year, $58 million contract extension that could keep the 26-year-old in a Kings uniform until 2023. Bernier, 23, is entering the final season of a two-year contract and will be a restricted free agent on July 1, 2013.

Bernier also expressed a desire to play "closer to home," TVA Sports reported.

Bernier played 16 games with the Kings last season, posting a 5-6-2 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. It was his second full season in Los Angeles and his games played dipped from 25 in 2010-11, when he had an 11-8-3 record with a 2.48 GAA and .913 save percentage.

Bernier's final season with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs in 2009-10 was dominant, with a 30-21-6 record, nine shutouts, a 2.03 GAA and .936 save percentage in 58 games. His workload in that season alone was 10 greater than the 48 career NHL games Bernier has appeared in.

Bernier was drafted in the first round (No. 11) by the Kings in 2006.

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