The Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings have discussed a Jonathan Bernier trade, a league source confirmed to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sam Carchidi.
The Kings drafted Bernier in the first round in 2006 with the intention of making him their franchise goalie, but the development of Jonathan Quick has made Bernier, a pending RFA, expendable. The Flyers have been linked to Bernier before and are currently in the midst of another goalie crisis. As of now, the team plans to have Ilya Bryzgalov and Steve Mason battle for the job, but Bryzgalov appears destined for a buyout. In that scenario, acquiring Bernier and having him battle Mason would make a lot of sense. The Kings have reportedly mentioned young forwards Sean Couturier and Matt Read in talks with the Flyers, which could be a hefty price for Philly to pay.
The Los Angeles Kings and Slava Voynov have reached an agreement on a six-year contract.
The Kings did not release financial terms, but multiple media outlets reported it is worth $25 million. Voynov was scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 5 but eschewed the open market and an offer from his hometown team in the KHL to re-up long term with the Kings. The $4.17 million annual salary probably didn't hurt, either. Voynov became a rising star this year amid multiple injuries to the Kings' blueline and stands to be a top-20 defenseman in all formats next season.
Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos believes the Toronto Maple Leafs could trade for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier because of the presence of new MLSE president Tim Leiweke.
As a former AEG exec, Leiweke had a strong hand in turning around the Kings before leaving and taking the president job at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. With Jonathan Quick firmly entrenched as the Kings' starting goalie, Bernier is expected to be traded this summer. The former first-round pick has already been linked to the Flyers -- who Kypreos cites as the other possible destination -- but the Leafs make a lot of sense, too. The Roberto Luongo rumors in Toronto haven't slowed down in a year and it's clear the Leafs are looking to at least find someone to compete with James Reimer in net. Bernier is obviously much younger than Luongo and would be much cheaper in terms of contract, but the pending RFA would also come at a higher cost in a trade or via offer sheet this summer.
Bud Holloway is reportedly close to signing with the Los Angeles Kings.
Holloway was originally drafted by the Kings in 2006, but he could never crack the team's lineup. He ended up signing with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League and excelling in Europe. He had 20 goals and 71 points in 55 SEL games last season.
R-Sport.ru is reporting that Slava Voynov is close to re-signing with the Los Angeles Kings.
Voynov is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 5 and he reportedly has an offer on the table from Trakor Chelyabinsk of the KHL, his hometown team, but wants to re-sign with the Kings. "Slava is in contract talks with Los Angeles and we should come to an agreement in the very near future," his agent Alexander Tyzhnykh said. The 23-year-old defenseman had six goals and 25 points in 48 regular season games but his offensive game really took off in the playoffs with six goals, including four game winners, and 13 points in 18 games. Grab him as a top-20 defenseman in pools next season.
The New York Rangers have permission to interview Kings assistant coach John Stevens and are expected to do so.
The Rangers are looking for someone to replace fired head coach John Tortorella. Stevens is also believed to be in the running for Vancouver's vacant coaching gig. Stevens served as the Philadelphia Flyers' head coach for parts of four seasons. He also briefly took over as the Kings interim head coach in 2011-12, but Darryl Sutter was hired, allowing Stevens to return to his previous role as an assistant.
The Los Angeles Kings are getting ready for their 2014 outdoor game.
The Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks in Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. "We are different than any other city in the league, and we can do some unique things that a lot of teams and organizations can't do, so we want to make sure that we reflect Southern California in all of these events, so that's important to us," AEG Sports COO Kelly Cheeseman said. There's still some debate about whether or not there will be an alumni game and if former Kings superstar Wayne Gretzky will be involved.