It was put to rest last year, but stay for a drink anyway.
The Kings have the luxury of having both on the team. It's Quick AND Bernier, not Quick vs. Bernier.
That is pretty naive. There is always competition between goalies. At some point an organization needs to decide who it's number one goalie is. That is the goalie who gets the big contract. If the other goalie wants to be a number one goalie they need to steal the other guys job or get traded. Every back up goalie wants to be the number one goalie. So you are wrong if you think there is no competition between quick and bernier.
Neither will be dealt until next seasons trade deadline. Lombardi is probably going to let it work itself out until then. That's when he'll make his decision. Not a bad problem to have. I'm sure there is fans of 15+ NHL franchises that wish they had the problem (is it really a problem?) the Kings now have.
So there will be a debate until than by somebody on these boards.
Seriously? No it can't be laid to rest after a handful of games. Why do people think figuring out which goalie is better is somehow a bad thing? They're both very talented. The Quick versus Bernier debate isn't going away anytime soon. I imagine it'll continue even after one is traded.
Can we finally put the quick vs. bernier debate to rest. Quick is one of the best goalies in the league. I don't see how Bernier can be anything but a back up from here on in.
Define from here on in. If you mean the next month or so, sure. After that, if Bernie plays lights out and Quick starts playing like he has in February and March, then it could switch.
TM will go with the hot hand.
But as another poster said, it's Bernier and Quick, not Bernier vs. Quick. I don't see anyone in the organization debating this, just a few fans. We have two great goaltenders, likely both are NHl starter capable right now. No problem, no one is complaining, other than the odd HF poster.
The one hill Quick has yet to climb is to showcase his ability to carry his team through the playoffs. During the regular season, he is fairly consistent. Sure he lets in a questionable goal here and there, but every goalie in the NHL does.
Bernier has ways to go to prove that he is the better option in net. He got off to a slow start last season and didn't standout positively in his one game against Buffalo, although his teammates didn't help him out much either.
If it came down to making a decision tomorrow on who you keep, it has to be Quick. He is more of a proven commodity. We don't know if Bernier is going to be the next Roberto Luongo or the next Jamie Storr. If the Kings could strengthen their offense and upgrade the team with Bernier going the other way, then it's a no-brainer.
Another thing to consider is if there is any goalie who is a better option as a backup to Quick. I'd say no. So hang onto both and see how this season plays out. If Quick suffers another playoff meltdown, then the Kings may have to give Bernier a good long look before they come to a decision on who to move.
I keep waiting for Quick to stink and Bernier to take the reigns but it never seems to happen.
The only reason I would see Bernier lasting is that Quick is going to be an UFA and Bernier an RFA....With Kopitar, Doughty and Richards all taking up about 20 million, Kings will have to be careful about how much to shell out to Quick while also keeping 20 other players and being under the cap.