Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons writes that the Kings have no intention of trading backup Jonathan Bernier unless they’re blown away by an offer.
Simmons tweeted, “They (Kings) like security of 2 goalies.”
At the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes, “I could see New Jersey dealing for Bernier whether Martin Brodeur stays or not, because Kings general manager Dean Lombardi and Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello are fast friends.”
Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan St. Louis tweeted that the Kings haven’t been happy with the offers they are getting for Jonathan Bernier. They are hoping for a 1st round pick.
Hearing NJD GM Lou Lamoriello to meet with Zach Parise today, one final time before Parise is scheduled to hit UFA market 12 noon tomorrow.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie
Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune writes on his blog that he chatted briefly with Zach Parise.
He said his agents are still talking to New Jersey and it’s not a guarantee yet he’ll become a free agent at noon ET Sunday.
Mark Spector of Sportsnet tweeted,”news that Martin Brodeur will test UFA market tells us the Devils doesn’t have money to sign Zach Parise either. Bryce Salvador may also look elsewhere.”
Free agency market opens Sunday.
Source tell me that Martin Brodeur could play in Tampa or Sunrise next season.
Renaud P Lavoie of RDS tweeted
The Devils have announced the re-signing of five players: Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Cam Janssen and Peter Harrold.
The Devils have released this statement:
The New Jersey Devils today re-signed five players to new contracts: forwards Steve Bernier, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Cam Janssen; and defenseman Peter Harrold. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
According to Tom Gulitti of Fire and Ice, Stephen Gionta signed a two-year contract. One-way the first year and two-way the second year.
Katie Strang of ESPN NY wrote that Janssen signed a two-way deal worth $575k at NHL level.
According to Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan St. Louis, the Los Angeles Kings next move may be to trade goalie Jonathan Bernier, who has asked to be traded.
Strickland tweeted, “Devils, Maple Leafs and Blackhawks are possibilities”.
According to Strickland, the Kings told Bernier they would look to move him once a contract with Jonathan Quick was finalized. Quick agreed to a 10-year contract extension on Thursday with the Kings.
Bernier, 23, went 5-6-2 with a 2.36 GAA in 16 games during the 2011-2012 season.
Mark Everson of the NY Post reports that Zach Parise is not expected to re-sign with the Devils before July 1st and will listen to offers from other teams.
Though the Devils have indicated their desire to retain Parise, it appears they have not presented any contract proposals, nor explored preliminary parameters with their star left winger, who soon may become the highest-paid free agent signing in NHL history.
Everson writes that the Devils may make a bid before Sunday. If not, the major suitors for Parise will be the Red Wings, Kings, Rangers and Penguins.
Parise’s agents and the Devils have held contract talks.