Inner Arrogance


Oh, I get it. It makes sense now. Over these last few games of the season The Los Angeles Kings can only get motivated to beat teams who are actually going to make the playoffs. I mean, I would want to also be able to beat the crappy teams, but what do I know? This is Coach Murray’s team, not mine. This new strategy only makes me concerned when I see this team is going to play Anaheim twice and Edmonton once over these final 6 games. And I think that all Kings fans could have totally predicted who would be the player that takes this team on their back and leads it into the playoffs.

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“Hey Jon, how’s it going? Listen, um, Coach wanted me to tell you… um…
how do I say this? Me and Bernier? We’re going to take it from here. Thanks.”

Kings 2, Predators 0, Kings Nation lives to see another day

 

When Scooter Parse and Sean O’Donnell are your two goal scorers… all can’t be that bad in the world can it? So the Kings blow games against the Blues, Stars and Wild but come out strong against the Predators… a team they had to beat. Kings Franchise Goalie of the Future™, Jon Bernier, had a 34 save shutout and hardly looked like he broke a sweat during it. Sure, I saw Bernier when he played 4 games for the Kings at the start of 2007, but that was a way different Kings team and last night, Bernier looked like a way different goalie. I didn’t watch the Dallas game he won a few weeks ago, but last night all the hype about Bernier rang true. The dude hardly moves. At times, especially when there was a flurry of Nashville activity in front of him… he even looked bored.

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Boooooring.

So if you are Coach Murray, what do you do? Do you keep Bernier on the roster for the last few games and into the playoffs? Does this ruin GM Dean Lombardi’s master plan of having Jon Bernier go deep into the playoffs for the Manchester Monarchs? Do you laugh out loud because your devilish plan of having Assistant Coach Mark Hardy run over Erik Ersberg in practice in an effort to injure him worked out better than you thought it would? Because I think what we have here is a good old fashioned Goalie Controversy!

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“Remember me, bitches? I’ve won 39 games! 39! He’s won 2!”

2 great goalies is a High Class problem to have. This is Jon Quick’s team. He’s earned it this season. But if Coach Murray feels like throwing Erik Ersberg to the Wolves (actually the Monarchs) and keeping Jon Bernier around to play against Anaheim and Edmonton. I have no problem with that. What do you think TRH reader?

UPDATE: PuckDaddy has an amazing compilation of the History Will Be Made spoofs. And the Marty McSorley one is first!

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.