harry2299: The Kings have the best team they have had in ages, and as a Kings fan, I couldn’t be happier with the progress they’ve made this season. The only gripe I have is why is Jonathan Bernier still in the AHL. I understand wanting to give him more playing time, but Murray’s expecting Quick to play 70 games is unrealistic, and Ersberg seems to have lost all his confidence. Ersberg isn’t the answer as a backup, and giving Quick fewer starts to get Bernier some starts would be a plus for the Kings in the win column, as well as getting to see what Bernier can do at an NHL level.
LeBrun’s take: Harry2299, interesting that you should ask. It just so happens that Kings GM Dean Lombardi told me he was spending most of this week scouting the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester. So he’ll get a first-person look at how Mr. Bernier is doing these days. Judging from the numbers I see on his report card right now, the young goalie has been dynamite so far this season. I will tell you this: The Kings were privately a little concerned about Jonathan Quick’s play for the past two weeks or so, but then the U.S. Olympic hopeful beat Tampa and Florida in back-to-back starts the past few days so perhaps he’s back to his old self. I still think there’s a chance you see Bernier up with the Kings this season. Maybe the Kings carry three goalies for a while?