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Leafs, Flyers front-runners to get Bernier

Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Bernier skates during the warm up before facing the Calgary Flames at...

Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Bernier skates during the warm up before facing the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome in February 2013. (Al Charest/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 2:30 PM ET

Jonathan Bernier is one highly coveted backup goaltender.

The 24-year-old Los Angeles King is the hottest item on the trade market right now.

The Bernier sweepstakes is likely down to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, according to a Tuesday report from Sportsnet.

Meanwhile, Newsday says the New York Islanders are in the mix as well, with the Kings asking for prospects and/or young players in return for Bernier.

Last week, about 10 teams were believed to be interested in Bernier’s services, according to ESPN, with a trade expected to go down before or at June 30’s draft.

Bernier, who was drafted 11th overall in 2006, played 15 games in 2012-13, finishing with a 9-3-1 record and 1.87 goals-against average. He is set to become a restricted free agent July 5.

Despite the excellent numbers, world-class goalie Jonathan Quick stands in Bernier's way in L.A. The most games he has played in one NHL season is 25 in 2010-11.


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