Now seems like a good time to reprise this Photoshop from reader Dominic Perilli from 2011
The Flyers and Maple Leafs are still in the running to land restricted free agent goalie Jonathan Bernier from the Kings, but, apparently, the Leafs have upped the ante. From Tim Panaccio:
While the Flyers remain in the sweepstakes chase for L.A. Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier, the stakes have been raised.
Much higher, it seems.
Sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs have significantly anted up the price to pry Bernier from the Kings and this is yet another reason why the Flyers can’t make a final decision on whether to file a compliance buyout on goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Leafs, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and now the New Jersey Devils reportedly are in the bidding, but sources say Toronto might be offering more than others are willing to pay.
Does anyone else get the sense that Flyers West may have leaked this to Panaccio because Paul Holmgren would be exactly dumb enough to overreact and send them three draft picks, $40 million and Sean Couturier for the right to negotiate with Bernier based on one report from (his colleague) Panaccio? Because that sounds about right.