Saturday, June 15, 2013

Would the New Jersey Devils Acquire Jonathan Bernier?

Would the New Jersey Devils be interested in trading for Jonathan Bernier?  The answer is a qualified yes.  Bernier would be an asset on most teams, but at what cost?  First off, the Devils have Martin Brodeur in net for at least one more season.  Meaning Bernier would ride the pine for a season, or split duties at maximum with Brodeur.  But Brodeur has not been devoid of injury as experienced this past season.  So there is certainly a chance that Bernier could get significant time in net with New Jersey.  And after next season, if Brodeur does not re-up, Bernier could be the team's number one goaltender.  They do have a few good goalies at the minor league level in Jeff Frazee, Keith Kincaid and Scott Wedgewood.  But Bernier is a proven shutdown goaltender that would at a minimum bridge the gap to the Devils next goaltender after Brodeur retires.

The Devils currently have the cap room to take on Bernier, being roughly $26  million under next year's cap. But they will be addressing several free agents shortly, including Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.  Bernier will be a restricted free agent on July 5, so they might be able to add him to their squad without giving up any prospects or players, if they are willing to pay the right price.  

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