“Bern baby Burn“
The Kings have been extremely fortunate to have a solid second option in Jonathan Bernier for the past three seasons. His senses and abilities are good enough to be the first option almost anywhere else in the NHL.
Jonathan Bernier has been a highly touted prospect in the Kings’ organization since being selected in the 1st round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he’s subsided to the consistent and stellar play of Jonathan Quick, spending most of his time with the Kings on the bench.
This past season was a different story, however. With Jonathan Quick coming off of back surgery over the summer, and a season in which he played in 89 NHL games, the Kings were sure to need to utilize their backup asset to not only keep Quick rested, but ensure he remained healthy.
Bernier played savior in that role, starting 12 games for the Kings with an excellent 9-1-0 record when getting the starting nod from Darryl Sutter. He played in 14 games overall, relieving Jonathan Quick on two occasions, posting an overall record of 9-3-1 with a .922 SV% and 1.87 GAA.
He was finally cut loose from his shell, and he met the expectations that the hype built around his name since being drafted seven years ago. This was good in more than one way for the Kings. For one, he kept the crease stabilized with stalwart play when Quick was out of the net, and it helps our cause with his imminent departure from Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
His final impression in a Kings uniform gave Jonathan Quick the opportunity to come back slowly, safely, and most of all, healthily.
And he did it performance-wise in a fashion that never really made you miss Jonathan Quick.
And that, folks, is hard to do.
Jonathan Bernier, in fact, saved the regular season for the Kings, and did it so very subtly.
The #45 Jive
Doing it Live
How we’ll miss this amazing track during a stoppage of play at Staples Center after a huge Jonathan Bernier save.
Bern baby Burn
Jonathan Bernier is a Restricted Free Agent this summer, and it’s only a matter of time until he flees Los Angeles for a starting job with another NHL club. He’s looking for serious pay, top-tier playing time, and he’s going to get it somewhere.
The Kings simply cannot afford him. He’s seen his final days in Los Angeles.
Dean Lombardi has reportedly talked to 10 NHL clubs in the past week regarding the dealings of Bernier. Bernier fired his agent on Monday, so there’s absolutely nothing lighthearted about his next array of actions to put himself where he wants to be, and for how much money.
You’d be a fool, however, not to commemorate the effort and performances he put forth for the Kings this past season.
#TEN – “Lasorda snubs Johnson“
#NINE – “Kopitar’s got Wings“
#EIGHT - “Hats-Off for Carter“
#SEVEN - “Calgary for Two“
#SIX – “Retiring in Style“
#FIVE – “Jonathan Berni-Hey”
We’re in offseason form like a back-up goaltender training in hopes of more playing time. Stick with us here at KingsCast as we begin the final countdown on the Kings’ #TopTen moments of the 2012-2013 campaign.
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