By Jon Gillette • KingsNewsDaily.com •
If not for a fluke of a goal, Jonathan Bernier and the Los Angeles Kings would have had a 2-0 shutout against the Red Wings. That was a tough one to watch but, hey, we’re used to that aren’t we? The thing that I found interesting and had me wondering is: why was Bernier in the net in the first place? It seems very un Darryl Sutter like to play the backup so frequently. Dean Lombardi must have gotten in the ear of Coach Sutter because, typically the number one goalie is his “workhorse” and gets the majority of the work with the exception of back-to-back games.
This got me wondering if Bernier is on display for the league (and many NHL Scouts on hand at Staples Center) to see how good he is and increase his value for a presumably pending trade. Or, is Bernier actually getting a legitimate shot and winning the starting spot? This scenario doesn’t seem logical since Jonathan Quick was locked into the mega deal over the summer.
Also, with the list that Jon Rosen provided yesterday, it’s clear that the Kings won’t be able to bring everyone back next year while offering Bernier a raise. So, my question to you is: what is Dean up to, if anything? Do you think we will be seeing a rather big deadline move from the Kings?