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Kings In No Rush To Trade Bernier

from Jon Rosen of FSWest,

Los Angeles will not be pressed to make a trade until its own needs in the 2012-13 season are more clearly identified and more potential trade partners enter the mix.

What happens if Ilya Bryzgalov continues to underwhelm in Philadelphia? It would not be a shock to see Lombardi re-establish his trade route with the Flyers, an organization able to offer assets more interesting than perhaps the Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs.

What happens if another team loses a starter to injury and offers up a first round draft pick more appealing than the L.A. and New York-acquired picks that Columbus has stockpiled? Varlamov, though he was traded during the 2011 offseason, was exchanged for a first round pick that ended up being 11th overall when he was sent to Colorado after having logged only 3,416 minutes in Washington.

For the Kings, what happens if Simon Gagne, who has missed an average of 30.2 games due to injury for the last five years, suffers a long-term injury? What if that coincides with an uninspiring regular season from Dustin Penner, and all of a sudden there are openings for a quality top-six left winger that Tyler Toffoli and Dwight King aren’t ready to fill?

If Bernier’s unhappiness over his role with the team remains out of the locker room and more teams enter trade discussions to drive up his price, both Bernier and the Kings will be better served. If he chooses to force the issue earlier than is comfortable for the team, the rebuilding Blue Jackets become a prime target.

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Faux Rumors's avatar

1) Lombardi would be best served to make a deal now and avoid the inevitable distraction(see Vancouver)
2) Additionally teams are more flexable to be able to move assets in te off season before budgets are set. Sure a team may lose their starter, but how often do teams that have a goalie injury suddenly make a big trade to fill the gap?  Its a gamble that Dean would be best to not take

Posted by Faux Rumors from Globally- Here, there, Everywhere on 07/27/12 at 10:59 AM ET

shazam88's avatar

1) Lombardi would be best served to make a deal now and avoid the inevitable distraction(see Vancouver)

Hardly comparable situations.  Bernier is a low-priced, albeit relatively high profile, backup who’s going to be an RFA at the end of the season.  Nothing in that suggests that the team’s salary structure is going to be impeded or that Bernier is foolish enough to further drive down his value by pouting and letting an understandable situation affect the team. 

Simply trading him for the sake of appeasing him and then end up having to deal with finding some mediocre backup isn’t a sound move as Martin Jones isn’t ready to step in.  Jones might be able to spot Quick for a game or two, but if Quick is injured, there’s no way that he could assume the number 1 spot yet.

If a decent trade opportunity presents itself, fine, but otherwise Lombardi’s smart enough to hang on until the situation improves.  He’s no Howson.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/27/12 at 01:26 PM ET

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shazam88,
Could not have said it better.

Posted by jmiller on 07/27/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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Bernier’ trade value prior to training camp would not be as high or enough for the Kings to trade him for the sake of trading him.
Bernier was the 11th round pick overall in 2006. Trading him for some future pick would be senseless, since the investment already made in developing him. The Kings brought Bernier up the right way, making him earn a place in the NHL.
Right now Bernier is probably ready to become a #1 with most teams. The Kings however would lose a backup they know can come in and play an entire season if something were to happen to Quick.
I keep hearing the Kings could get a veteran goalie to backup Quick if they traded him right now. Lombardi would have already signed that particular backup but a backup is a backup in most cases because they aren’t good enough to be a #1.
The Kings are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, and plan on defending their title this season. In order to give themselves the best possible chance, they will have to increase their scoring at even strength, and improve their power play.
Quick pretty much kept the Kings in a playoff position despite their lack of scoring. Quick is one of the big reasons they won the cup.
Martin Jones might be ready to come up and sit on the bench as a backup, but it wouldn’t help his development because he wouldn’t be playing enough.
Letting Jones stay in the AHL makes much more sense, which is why the Kings really don’t have to trade Bernier prior to the trade deadline.
The Kings are obviously pleased with Martin Jones because they let Zatkoff sign with Pittsburgh.
If I were Lombardi, I’d make sure I get a pick and a established NHL player, preferably 30 or younger to compliment their roster.
Keeping Bernier now, could also drive up his trade value prior to the deadline.
Bernier is worth more to the Kings right now as insurance if Quick were to be injured for an extended period of time.
There is a chance Bernier could be injured, but I think the Kings are willing to take that chance.

Posted by Neil Shafton from United States on 07/27/12 at 02:42 PM ET

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The Kings need to do right and let Bernier go. To keep an unhappy goalie is not going to help them and last season the guys didn’t play as well in front of him as they did Quick and did not show him the respect he deserved. Let him go and let’s move on.

Posted by Cathy Campo on 08/01/12 at 07:20 PM ET

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