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Kings’ Sutter: Quick, Bernier ‘competing’ to see who plays next

Mar 1, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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One of the biggest developments in LA’s recent surge — the Kings have won five straight and seven of eight — is who’s been between the pipes.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, Jonathan Quick has been platooning with Jonathan Beriner and, according to head coach Darryl Sutter, is now in a full-on battle for playing time.

“They’re competing against east other to see who plays the next game,” Sutter told the media Friday, prior to departing for Vancouver. “It’s not necessarily that they’re hot. They’re playing well enough to win the next game.”

Quick, the reigning Conn Smythe winner, received the lion’s share of work to start the season and was the goalie of record in nine of the first 10 games.

But after a 3-2 loss in Detroit on Feb. 10 that dropped LA to 3-5-2 on the year, Sutter shook things up.

Bernier got the call for the next two games and played well, recording a 4-1 win over St. Louis and a 2-1 win over Columbus.

That kickstarted a goaltending rotation — since the Blue Jackets win, the Kings have gone: Quick, Quick, Bernier, Quick, Quick, Bernier.

Bernier is a perfect 4-0-0 while Quick is 3-1-0 over the last eight games, and it’s the former that could be holding the advantage moving forward.

On Wednesday, Bernier stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 2-1 win over Detroit and was named the game’s first star. Afterward, Sutter was full of praise for his 24-year-old ‘tender.

“I don’t think we had much in the tank, to be honest,” he explained. “The goaltender was the difference in the game.”

This development is pretty interesting given Quick signed a monster 10-year, $58 million extension with LA in the summer.

While nobody’s suggesting there’s a Roberto Luongo-Cory Schneider-type situation at play, it’s clear Bernier is talented enough to be a No. 1 netminder.

Which begs the question — is it time for the Kings to trade Bernier?

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    It also coincides perfectly with the looming trade deadline. Show Bernier off just before you ship him out.

  2. colby7 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    That Quick contract is going to be worse than Luongo’s deal.

    Just wait a few years until the cup memories fade.. and your left with a goaltender who underwent surgery this summer for something that goalies dont typically recover from.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    It upsets me that Bryz makes about as much Quick, who will turn it around. But deciding who to start, between Quick and Bernier, is a nice problem to have for Sutter. Watching Bernier almost single-handedly beat Detroit makes me wish Holmgren could find a way to swing a trade for him. Maybe someday “Flyers West” can help us out with a goaltender.

    • aldog83 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Sure. Send Schenn or Simmonds back. And you got a deal.

  4. barroomhero80 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Colby7 is a mind reader! Watch out

    • blomfeld - Mar 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      “That Quick contract is going to be worse than Luongo’s deal” ? …

      friend, anyone who talks like that is either highly “confused” or they’re an “agent of darkness” … regardless, this Colby7 creature will be proven wrong, just as sure as those who say that the sun won’t rise tomorrow !

      GO KINGS GO !!! .. TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The interview was repeatedly interrupted by Sutter collapsing into paroxysms of laughter after picking-up on Feaster’s gaffe…

  6. blomfeld - Mar 1, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT …

    Friends, there can be little doubt that Halford wrote this article “tongue in cheek” which is often the style at this highly entertaining and avant-garde website … and full marks to Halford and crew for that. But seriously, as if there’s any doubt that Jonathan Quick isn’t our “anointed & glorious” rear-guard leader eh? Comrade Quick is to us, what a heart is to the “mighty” lion who rules the jungle! We could have re-signed him to a 100 more years and it still wouldn’t be enough! In all seriousness though, the thing which we King’s fans know only too well, yet most outsiders are completely oblivious to, is that fact we’re a team based on the concept of “true” brotherhood and “collective” conviction. The French refer to this as “elan”. Both of our goalies are literally like the Berlin Wall and any one of our “lethal” four lines can&will pounce like a deadly tiger! From top to bottom, “ours” is a team of highly-skilled, selfless, ardent and passionate players who are guided by the credo of “one for all and all for one” … be that for better or for worse.

    The bottom line friends is that there exists “no” goalie controversy with our glorious and reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. In fact, the only controversy right now for us is how bad we decide to make the Canucks look tomorrow night in front of their own “plastic & uppity” fans! :)

    LA Kings “Battle Orders” for Saturday, March 2nd …

    Engage the enemy and destroy him in “detail” with prejudice !!!

  7. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Tell them Bloomfield

  8. kingsforever - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Time to trade Quick this offseason

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