Jonathan Bernier has been atop the list of goalies that could be moved at the trade deadline.
That’s true despite his missing a couple weeks of action due to injury. The 32-year-old goalie posted a .937 save percentage in February, then a .917 in March. He was 8-6 on the season before Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Nashville Predators.
It’s a cruel lesson for a Red Wings goalie these days: One step forward, two steps back. The Red Wings have been best with Bernier between the pipes this season, and the hope was they could grab a win against the Predators to help give Bernier a strong return. He still mustered 25 saves, but was in net for all of Nashville’s 7 goals.
Bernier had not played since March 18. That’s when he left a game against the Dallas Stars with an apparent lower body injury. He becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) at the end of this season and carries a $3 million cap hit right now. He had boasted a .918 save percentage through 17 games played with the dismal Red Wings. That’s bumped down to .910 thanks to that .781 in Thursday’s loss to Nashville.
Teams have been eyeing Bernier as an insurance piece heading into the playoffs. He is a good option as a rental, though $3 million against the cap is a bit heavy.
The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, April 12.
Ryan has been a trade target for weeks. He has 7 goals and 7 assists in 33 games played, but hasn’t played since March 28. The 34-year-old winger carries just a $1 million cap hit and will become an UFA at the end of the season. He has to be moved, right?
The clock is ticking.
TSN’s hockey insider Frank Seravalli said the buyers list appears to be “way down” ahead of this trade deadline due to factors including:
“The flat salary cap; that a shortened schedule reduces an acquisition’s impact; that nearly half the NHL is operating in long-term injured reserve; diminished financial incentive to win an extra playoff round with arena capacity restrictions; tightened internal team budgets; a looming Expansion Draft.”
Yes, this is not a great list of obstacles for a team like the Red Wings who would love to be on a selling spree right now.
The Red Wings will head to Carolina for games against the Hurricanes on Saturday and Monday.