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03-02-2013, 03:19 AM
Ziggy Stardust
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Originally Posted by johnjm22 View Post
Didn't he also lose his starting spot to Steve Mason?
He most certainly did. Bernier had the starting gig but was outplayed by Mason who won the job and earned 5 starts to Bernier's two. Dubnyk actually was selected over Bernier to start at the most recent Spengler Cup and Bernier had to back up Reimer at the 2011 World Championships.

So in the past, it has appeared that Bernier has lost what appeared to be a starting gig for him to others. I think that may have made GM's in the past apprehensive towards gaining any confidence in him as a starter. He's looked strong in spurts but the question still remains on how he would perform if given the reigns as a starter.

It goes back to the what happened with Garon and Storr. In spurts, these guys could look amazing. But over the long haul, the organization slowly found out that they couldn't handle the arduous duties and consistent performance that was expected from a starting goalie. Hell I could name more goalies who went through a similar career path, like Stephane Fiset, Marc Denis, Pascal Leclaire, etc.

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