The Toronto Maple Leafs have taken the first step towards keeping newly acquired, impending restricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier in the fold.
The Leafs made a qualifying offer to Bernier on Monday and are also continuing the process of attempting to sign him to a contract extension.
Bernier played in 14 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Kings in 2012-13, compiling a 9-3-1 record with a GAA of 1.88 and a .922 save percentage.
Bernier was selected in the first round, 11th overall of the 2006 NHL entry Draft by the Kings.
He has appeared in 62 career regular-season games for the Kings and currently has a 29-20-6 career record.
Bernier made $1.525 million in the final year of a two-year deal and is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 5 if he is not signed to an extension.