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Bernier signs three-year contract with Red Wings

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Jonathan Bernier signed a three-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Financial terms were not released.


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The 29-year-old goaltender was 19-13-3 with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 37 games (34 starts) with the Colorado Avalanche last season, including a nine-game winning streak from Dec. 31-Jan. 22. He was 1-3 with a 3.87 GAA and .883 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It is always unbelievable to play for an Original Six team," Bernier said. "I experienced that [with the Toronto Maple Leafs] and they've always had great teams," Bernier said. "[The Red Wings] missed the playoffs this year, but they had an amazing run before that. I thought it was a great opportunity. I didn't want to come in and play 15-20 games but now Jimmy and I can battle for games and try to get the Red Wings back into the playoffs.

"I feel like this gives me a chance to be part of something special, and I'm excited for the opportunity. Last year, I took a gamble to sign a one-year deal. I wanted to have a great season and find a city where I could settle down with my family. Now I will be here for three years and hopefully more."

The Los Angeles Kings selected Bernier in the first round (No. 11) in the 2006 NHL Draft. He is 128-108-30 in 289 NHL games (261 starts) with the Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Kings, and 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012.

"With Jimmy Howard and Jonathan Bernier we're going to have a good one-two punch in net," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said, correspondent Dave Hogg contributed to this report

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