While the Red Wings didn’t have a lot of success on the ice this season, it was a decent year for goaltender Jonathan Bernier. He took over the number one role from Jimmy Howard and his 2.95 GAA and .907 SV% were respectable marks for a team that struggled as much as Detroit did.
The 31-year-old still has one more year left on his contract with a $3M cap hit but he is already thinking ahead, telling Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press that he’s hoping to play until he’s around 38-40 years old and would love to finish his career with the team. "I’d love to finish my career in Detroit, if that’s possible. I’d love to stay there, for sure," Bernier said.
GM Steve Yzerman will likely have to look to free agency to find Bernier’s partner for next season and if he signs a proven number one, their willingness to keep a higher-end second option in the fold may be limited. However, if they go with another Bernier-type netminder with a goal of having a platoon, then the potential for him sticking around would go up considerably.
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