Saturday Morning Bernier Merry-Go-Round Update
The always reliable Michael Russo confirms the Kings and Wild have been talking. The Wild don’t have a 1st round pick but will likely have to deal LW Jason Zucker. “The Kings also would want a backup goalie in return and have asked for Darcy Kuemper, a source confirmed.” The Wild don’t have a 1st this year nor do they have a 2nd next year (thank you Jason Pominville). I’m sure the Islanders would up the ante.
Update: Told just now that the Wild don’t want to part with Zucker. Period.
Last Night, Dee Karl said the Islanders were no longer in on Bernier, then backtracked.
“5:41 pm: A little back-peddling on the net. Newsday’s Art Staple is reporting from his sources (meaning from the Isles) that the Isles “Wouldn’t say they are out…” of the running, but the others are definitely in.”
Dean Lombardi has “no interest” in Nino Niederreiter he told a friend of mine. Matt Martin is nice and he’s beat the shit out of Wayne Simmond three times, so I like him already, but is this and a 1st round pick enough for Lombardi?
Tim Panaccio says, “We’re not really talking,” said one Flyers source, which likely means general manager Paul Holmgren can’t match what others are offering Kings GM Dean Lombardi.”
If Nick Kypreos is right, Toronto has the assets (Jake Gardiner, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin, 1st round pick) to make the best deal. But they already have a goaltender equivalent to Bernier, so unless Tim Lie-weekly is meddling (yet again) I don’t see this happening.