LA Kings Trade Rumors: Top Potential Suitors for Goalie Jonathan Bernier

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJuly 12, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10:  Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Los Angeles Kings stretches before a faceoff against the Dallas Stars at Staples Center on December 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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After the Los Angeles Kings inked their Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Jonathan Quick to a 10-year deal, it seems clear that Jonathan Bernier's days in Tinseltown are numbered.

The 23-year-old backup went 5-6-2 last season with a goals against average of 2.36.

Los Angeles drafted Bernier with the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft, but he's seen limited action since Quick solidified himself as one of the premier goalies in the NHL.

Bernier is one of the best goalies available this offseason, but with limited playing time, he poses a risk for any team that wishes to take a chance on him.

Here are a few teams that have shown interest in the Los Angeles backup.


Tampa Bay Lightning

Dwayne Roloson will turn 43 in October, and even though Mathieu Garon went 23-16-2 last season, Bernier has the potential and the youth to make Tampa Bay relevant in the Eastern Conference again.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Tampa Bay would be a great landing spot for Bernier because the team is looking for an elite young goaltender to help lead them in the future.

L.A. would be asking for a lot in exchange for the young goaltender, and perhaps a first-round pick is what the Kings could get in the deal.

In a Southeast division that features Braden Holtby in Washington, Tampa Bay could benefit greatly from having Bernier on the team.


Chicago Blackhawks

According to Andy Strickland of, the Blackhawks have inquired about trading for Bernier, in order to compliment Corey Crawford.

Even though Crawford is only 27 and had a promising regular season, he crumbled in the playoffs and was unable to help Chicago get out of the first round.

A Crawford-Bernier tandem would benefit the Blackhawks in the sense that they would have two gifted young goaltenders on the same team.


New Jersey Devils

Andy Strickland reported the New Jersey Devils were also interested in adding Bernier to their roster.  

The Eastern Conference champions just re-signed Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg, but with both goalies in the late stages of their careers, the time is now for them to sign a young goaltender. 

Although Bernier requested to be traded for the sake of becoming a starter right away, it wouldn't be long until he would start for New Jersey. Granted, he would be filling the shoes of Martin Brodeur, but he is still young enough and being able to watch Brodeur for the next two seasons would only benefit him.