Jonathan Bernier’s stock may never be higher than it is right now. He brought home the trophy as the best goaltender in the AHL, and was a major force in bringing the Monarchs all the way to the Conference Final where they gave the Hershey Bears all they could handle before falling in 6 games. The Kings also have an “established” goalkeeper in Quick already ensconced in the NHL and a collection of talented goalie prospects in Zatkoff and Jones toiling away in the minors.
So is the time right to trade Bernier?
There’s certainly a market. With Chicago and Philadelphia putting on a clinic on how NOT to tend goal in the NHL, the Capitals, Blackhawks, and Flyers will be looking for legitimate upgrades in net. Some of the veteran keepers like Turco may prove too pricey for some of those teams, and a youngster like Bernier might be just what the doctor ordered.
The internet is certainly talking about it. They can’t seem to avoid mentioning the idea. And as we all know, what the blogs want, the blogs get. Right? That’s what I was told when I started this damn thing… aw screw it. Regardless, has the time come to trade Bernier? Put our eggs in the Quick basket and roll with this team plus upgrades?
I say no. Frankly I don’t think it’s as close an idea as some people seem to. Lombardi has had this issue before with Nabakov/Kiprusoff in San Jose and I think the answer to this dilemma is something similar to what happened there. Ultimately the Sharks dealt him to the Flames after three years in the organization to the Flyers and the Sharks have been a (cursed) Western Conference power ever since. Well done. If the Kings can replicate that success (without the awful playoff experience) I’m sure any Kings fan would take it. Besides, I doubt anyone can realistically blame the playoff results for the Sharks on the way the goalie situation was handled…
What do you think? Want to see the Kings move Bernier? Rather they move Quick? Is neither more your speed?