One of the biggest story lines that will be taking place in the Los Angeles Kings locker room is who is the number one goalie. As of now it is 24-year old Jonathan Quick. As long as Quick keeps playing well his job is safe.
“There’s no gray area there. Jonathan Quick is our No. 1 goaltender,” says Los Angeles King’s Head Coach Terry Murray. “He’s going to play a lot of hockey this year.”
According to Murray, Quick is going to be their number one guy to start the season. However, he is going to have to be competing every time he steps in between the pipes.
Highly touted goaltender, Jonathan Bernier just won the back up job after the Kings recently placed Erik Ersberg on waivers today. Ersberg backed up Quick last season. Also not to mention that the club just signed Bernier for another two years.
Last season Bernier jumped between the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League. During his time with the Kings he posted 3-0-0 record with a 1.30 goals-against average, a .957 save percentage, which also included a shutout. Pretty impressive statistics if you ask me.
Personally I believe the Kings are doing the right thing with Bernier. They are easing him into the starting position, rather than making him jump into the league too fast. A mistake I believe Montreal made with Carey Price, who still can live up to his potential, but has not quite lived up to expectations.
Whether it is this season or next season, Bernier will be the starter for the Kings. He is younger (22) than Quick, and has a lot more potential. For the time being, this is good for both goaltenders as they will be competing with each other every time they take the ice. This is the best situation any team can be in when it comes to goaltenders. No matter what, there is not going to be room for both goalies in the future. This means the club should be able to trade one of them and get something good in return.
Right now the Kings are doing the right thing, hopefully they can choose the right goaltender when the time comes.