Bernier nearing end in LA

Kings backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier could finally get his wish this season and get traded out of Los Angeles, though a deal might come sooner than later.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been looking to trade Bernier since the early part of last season, when the young netminder requested to be moved.

Bernier, 24, is in the final year of a two-year contract that will see him earn $1.525 million this season, prorated, though his cap hit is $1.25 million.

The native of Laval, Quebec, is looking to for a shot at becoming a No. 1 goalie in the NHL, but with Jonathan Quick leading the way in Los Angeles, he’ll need to be dealt in order to get a chance.

Several teams, including the New Jersey Devils, are believed to have inquired about Bernier’s availability.