I have closely followed Bernier’s career for longer than I have any other current King. Seven years. I was aware of Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar when drafted, but can’t say I was following closely, not until they arrived in the NHL.
The tandem of Bernier and Jonathan Quick, first assembled in Manchester, then split by Quick’s promotion, then reunited in 2011, is now a thing of the past. Having spent several years looking forward to Quick+Bernier in LA, the end of that era makes me sad.
We all knew this day would come.
The way I see the trade: last year, we had Bernier at G2 and Penner at LW2,3 for $4MM+ cap hit; now we have Scrivens at G2 and Frattin at LW2,3 for $1MM cap hit (factor in the crucial almost $500K Toronto retains from their salaries).
The result will be more goals. The Kings need more goals.
And no room for Dustin Penner. This makes me sad, too. I get it. But it makes me sad. He was a playoff hero for us, and a major cog in the Kings 2012 Cup Machine. Plus he’s hilarious and his playoff beard and transitional moustache were phenomenal.
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