Nedeljkovic traded to Red Wings by Hurricanes for Bernier


Alex Nedeljkovic was traded to the Detroit Red Wings by the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for Jonathan Bernier.

Carolina also received a third-round pick (No. 94) in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Nedeljkovic, a 25-year-old goalie, also agreed to a two-year contract with Detroit. He could have become a restricted free agent July 28. He was 15-5-3 with a 1.90 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 23 games for the Hurricanes this season.

A finalist for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie in the NHL, Nedeljkovic ranked first among goalies in GAA and save percentage (minimum 20 games) and tied for the rookie lead in shutouts (three) with Ilya Sorokin of the New York Islanders. Nedeljkovic allowed two goals or fewer in 16 of his 23 starts and helped the Hurricanes finish first in the eight-team Discover Central Division. He was 4-5 with a 2.17 GAA, .920 save percentage and one shutout in nine Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Bernier, who will turn 33 on Aug. 7, can become an unrestricted free agent July 28. The goalie was 9-11-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts) for the Red Wings this season.

Selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (No. 11) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Bernier is 161-159-39 with a 2.77 GAA, .913 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 394 games (355 starts) with the Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Kings.

Bernier is 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine games (five starts) in the playoffs and won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012.

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