Bernier Went 9-3-1 With A 1.87 Goals-Against Average For Kings In 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Islanders made significant progress in 2013, earning the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and making the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Once they got there, they took the mighty Penguins to six games before ultimately falling short.

But last season is in the rearview mirror, and general manager Garth Snow is looking to build on its success.

One area of need for this young team moving forward? Goaltender. New York’s current starting goalie, 37-year-old Evgeni Nabokov, had a very solid season before struggling mightily in the postseason.

And he’s not getting any younger.

So who is a realistic option to replace — or supplement — Nabokov in goal?

According to Newsday, the Isles have discussed acquiring backup goalie Jonathan Bernier with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.

Bernier, a restricted free agent, is only 24 years old. A highly-touted prospect when he arrived on the scene, the 5-foot-11, 177-pounder was picked 11th overall by the Kings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Los Angeles is looking for prospects or young players in exchange for Bernier, the newspaper reported.

Backing up Jonathan Quick in 2013, Bernier excelled in 14 games — 12 of which were starts — going 9-3-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average.

In his second season with the Isles, Nabokov went 23-11-7 in 41 starts, posting a 2.50 goals-against average.

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