Report: Columbus inquires about Kings goalie Bernier

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From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

The Dispatch has confirmed that [Blue Jackets GM Scott] Howson has inquired with Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi regarding Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who has asked to be traded in the wake of a 10-year contract signed by Jonathan Quick, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner and the Kings’ clear No. 1.

That Columbus expressed interest in Bernier shouldn’t come as a surprise. Yes, Howson already has Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky on the books — but Howson also said after acquiring Bobrovsky that he wanted more NHL-caliber depth in goal.

It’s also not surprising Howson got a hold of Lombardi, as the two paired up to consummate the Jeff Carter-for-Jack Johnson deal just prior to February’s trade deadline.

That proved to be a solid move on the part of Howson. Johnson thoroughly enjoys being a Blue Jacket — the polar opposite of Carter — and said being in Columbus is “great”.

The Blue Jackets also get L.A.’s first-round pick in 2013.