Bernier's new three-year contract with the Red Wings is valued at $9 million, according to TSN. Bernier will draw $1 million less per season than former backup netminder Petr Mrazek made on a two-year deal with the Wings prior to his brief stint with the Flyers earlier this year.
Bernier will sign a three-year contract with the Red Wings on Sunday, John Shannon of Sportsnet reports. Bernier -- who played for the Avalanche in 2017-18 -- cannot officially put pen to paper on a new contract until Sunday, when the free-agency signing begins. However, thanks to the proliferation of news routed through social media, there have been a number of leaks detailing which players are signing new deals with destinations already known for many of them. Expected to serve as the primary backup to Jimmy Howard, Bernier should draw anywhere from 25-to-35 starts, but we're only speculating at this point.
Bernier has been linked to the Red Wings with the July 1 signing period looming, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Bernier is a pending unrestricted free agent and the writing is on the wall that he'll end up with a new team since the Avalanche acquired Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the Capitals ahead of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Detroit is definitely in the market for a netminder since traditional starter Jimmy Howard is the only (non-prospect) Red Wing under contract with the Original Six club through the 2018-19 campaign. Bernier's career numbers include a 128-108-30 record, 2.67 GAA and .914 save percentage between stops in Los Angeles, Toronto, Anaheim and Colorado. There's been nothing to suggest that the lower-body injury that bothered him late in the 2017-18 campaign will linger.
Bernier wasn't able to return from a lower-body injury before Colorado was eliminated from the postseason by Nashville on Sunday. Not much is known about the injury that's bothering Bernier, other than the fact that it forced him to miss Games 5 and 6 against Nashville. Bernier is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and after posting a solid 19-13-3 record with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage, will likely command serious interest from teams looking for a proven backup this offseason. Expect whichever team that ends up signing Bernier to provide an update on his condition as training camp for the 2018-19 campaign nears.
Bernier (lower body) won't suit up for Game 6 against Nashville on Sunday, per NHL.com. After Andrew Hammond shut down Nashville during Game 5 stopping 44 of 45 shots, it's hard to imagine head coach Jared Bednar giving Bernier the starting nod even if he was healthy. The 29-year-old hasn't had his best playoff performance, notching just a .883 save percentage through the four games he appeared in, but he could return as soon as Tuesday if Colorado forces a Game 7. As long as Bernier remains sidelined, Spencer Martin will likely continue to back up Hammond.
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