Based on 2016-17 regular-season standings, Bernier moves from the top team in the Western Conference in the Ducks to the worst in Colorado. This is certainly a precarious position for Bernier to be in, and keeper-league owners of Bernier won't soon forget how the goalie was relegated to the minors based on poor play with the Maple Leafs -- before they bought him out of his contract last summer. Still, the silver lining for Bernier is that he could be in line for substantial playing time if Semyon Varlamov shows complications with his hip following surgery or the Avs prove hesitant to rip the training wheels off Jeremy Smith in his second year.
Bernier is an option for the Golden Knights in the expansion draft since he was left unprotected, theScore reports.
It seems like so long ago that Bernier was struggling to keep an NHL job with the Maple Leafs, but he embraced the role as a backup for the Ducks this year and posted a spectacular 21-7-4 record in spite of average peripherals (2.51 GAA, .915 save percentage) during the regular season. His four-game playoff output wasn't nearly as strong (3.29 GAA, .873 save mark), but at least fantasy owners could depend on him at various intervals of the campaign. Still, exposing Bernier was an absolute no-brainer for the Ducks, as he'll become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Bernier saved just 12 of 16 shots during Monday's Game 6 loss to Nashville.
Nashville's first goal was deflected in off Brandon Montour's skate, and then Colton Sissons made no mistake from the slot to make it 2-0 for the Preds after just three shots on net. Bernier only faced 13 more shots through the rest of the game, as Anaheim dominated the possession with 72 shot attempts compared to Nashville's 35. This just wasn't Anaheim's night, and while Bernier wasn't overly sharp, Game 6 should probably be viewed as a tough-luck loss. Unless he re-signs with Anaheim, the 28-year-old netminder is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Bernier will be between the pipes for Monday's Game 6 against the Predators, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports.
With John Gibson (lower body) unable to even dress for the contest, Bernier will make his first career playoff start. It's hard to fathom a more stressful scenario to do so, as the Ducks are down 3-2 facing elimination in the series on enemy ice where the home team has been dynamite in the postseason. Jhonas Enroth will dress as the backup.
Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots in relief of an injured John Gibson (lower body) in Saturday's Game 5 loss to Nashville.
Gibson said he should be ready for Game 6, so don't expect the Ducks to turn back to Bernier. The former Maple Leaf has posted a .905 save percentage in three relief appearances this postseason, failing to make the impact he would need to even be considered to start a game in place of Gibson. He's a reliable backup in Anaheim, but the crease is Gibson's and it'll take a serious injury or a major slump for Bernier to get a shot.