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Kings sign Bernier to two-year extension

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The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with goaltender Jonathan Bernier, Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced Monday.

Bernier, who had one year remaining on his current deal, is now under contract through the 2012-13 season.

Bernier, 23, split last season between the Kings and AHL Manchester. Bernier was 30-21-6 at the Triple-A level with a 2.03 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and nine shutouts in the regular season and earned the American Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year Award.

Among AHL goaltenders, he ranked first in save percentage, first in shutouts, first in saves (1,707), second in GAA, third in wins and third in minutes played (3,424). Bernier was also named an AHL First-Team All-Star and was the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound native of Laval, Quebec, was also 10-6 with a 1.81 GAA, .939 save percentage and three shutouts in 16 playoff appearances last season, leading the Monarchs to the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals. Among AHL goaltenders in the playoffs he ranked first in GAA, first in save percentage, first in shutouts, first in saves (458), second in wins and second in minutes played (996).

With the Kings, Bernier appeared in three regular-season games with the Kings last season, going 3-0-0 with a 1.30 GAA, .957 save percentage and one shutout.  He has appeared in seven total NHL games and has a 4-3-0 mark with a 2.84 GAA and .906 save percentage.

Also, the Kings reassigned John Zeiler to Manchester. Zeiler, 27, had 20 points (11 goals, 9 assists) and 31 penalty minutes in 65 regular-season games with Manchester last season and added seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) and four penalty minutes in 16 playoff contests.

The Kings open the 2010-11 regular season on Saturday in Vancouver at 10 p.m. ET.

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