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06-15-2012, 11:46 PM
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Zatkoff is an unrestriced free agent on July 1, so unless the Kings sign him shortly, he is no longer in our plans.

The Kings would be foolish, short of a massive overpayment for Bernier, to trade him this year.

1) You need an NHL caliber goal every game, not just when the starter is playing. I want to win every single time. Good goal tending gives you that chance. (Didn't we just learn this boys and girls).

2) Lombardi needs a bargaining chip. Quick is signed for one more full season. Obviously, everyone wants to get Quick signed to an extension. Bernier wants to play, and has high end NHL talent, but Lombardi needs to hold on to him until Quick is signed long term, plus we need an NHL caliber back up. Sucks for Bernier, but that's the way it is.

3) Injuries happen in this league. If Quick was seriously injured (think concussion), then what? Martin Jones? This isn't a video game, this is the back bone of your team built around defense. No way Lombardi is that much of a gambler short of massive overpayment.
I wonder why Zatkoff's stock fell so far this year? I didn't follow the Monarchs as closely as I usually do. But Zatkoff stuck around for the games in Europe. What happened that made him fall out of the Kings plans?

Granted he could turn into a Jason Labarbera type where he was good in the ECHL/AHL but is a journeyman backup at best in the NHL. But from what I followed in Ontario and in Manchester, he was definitely a goalie with a good upside.

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