I spoke with Dean at the end of the season, and he told me he can keep me there but also feels he kind of owed me the chance to be somewhere else (as a starter). So I guess we'll know in the next few weeks...I want to get to the next level to get a real chance to hopefully be a No. 1 somewhere...I'm sure the Kings will make the right decision. If I'm staying there, I'm staying there. If not, I'm ready for the challenge.
Bernier may not have the chance to "stay there" in Los Angeles, as CapGeek shows that the Kings only have nine forwards and five defenseman signed to the NHL roster for next season with just around $7.6 million in cap space.
As a restricted free agent, Bernier could command just under half of that on his next paycheck, so it may make more sense for Dean Lombardi to move him now.
Here are seven NHL teams that the Kings' backup goaltender could start for next season.
These teams will be ranked from lowest to highest per the NHL.com report for how much they need a No. 1 goaltender for the coming season.