So, with Bernier's last game @CAL, you think Sutter might turn to him for the next couple of games?
Quick's still shaky at times, and the defense seems to love the poise of Bernier.
No crisis and Sutter is not going to turn to JB. We have a Conn Smythe winning goalie signed to a 10 year deal. He will never, ever lose his job. Bernier will hopefully keep playing well when he gets his chances, much like Schneider did for Van last season. Then we can get a big return for him
Can we have a 'crisis' on the forward lines and defense as well?
I am all for Dean having to do "crisis management" in these areas.
The only crisis Dean has in terms of Bernier right now is...
actually there isn't a crisis at all. Dean is probably hoping that when the time comes he can keep him out of whatever division or conference or whatever you want to call it that the Kings play the most games against after re-alignment takes place.
I would go with Quick. Let him work through his struggles and shake the rust off and gear up for the playoffs. He is still the man. A shaky 12 game start does not erase what he has done for the past 4 years in my mind.
I'm saying hopefully Bernier keeps playing well when called upon (such as in back to backs) so his trade value rises for us to deal him at the deadline for scoring or defense if Dean feels comfortable doing so.
What you described is the opposite of a crisis. Having two competent goaltenders is a blessing. Quick had a good game against Edmonton as well. If we get a great offer at the trade deadline, Bernier is still gone. It will be very unlikely to see Bernier at the start of the next training camp, so by the draft at the latest.
"I think part of his game is he’s over aggressive at times, which I like. We’ll tame that. I’d rather tame a lion than paint stripes on the kitty cat." - Dean Lombardi discussing Brayden McNabb