Kings' Bernier expects to be traded before next season
Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier unsuccessfully requested to be traded prior to the NHL's February 27th trade deadline, according to TVA Sports.
The 23-year-old, highly touted goalie was selected in the first round of the 2006 NHL draft with the 11th overall pick by the Kings. Since his arrival in Los Angeles, Bernier has been forced to take a back seat to starting goalie Jonathan Quick.
"I asked for a trade from the Kings before the trade deadline, but they refused," Bernier said.
Quick, who was drafted one year prior to Bernier, has started 244 games with the Kings, while Bernier has only started 42 games. Quick's role as the team's starter was solidified this season when the 26-year-old helped lead the team to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Quick agreeing to a 10-year, $58 million contract following the Kings' Stanley Cup win, appears to be the final sign for Bernier that it is time to move on.
"Now that Jonathan Quick has signed long term, I expect to be traded before the start of training camp," Bernier said.
Bernier has a career record of 20-17-5 with a 2.50 goals against average and a .910 save percentage.