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Crawford, Bernier could be a good match


Crawford, Bernier could be a good match

The NHL may have a hard time getting the puck in the Kings' net for many seasons to come.

Los Angeles signed their Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick to a 10-year contract extension, set to begin after the 2013-14 season. The All-Star goalie put the Kings on the map and was the main reason the eighth seeded team made it to the postseason in the first place after their rollercoster season.

But after Quick's extension was all said and done, Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier asked to be traded so that he can go after a starting position--a position he deserves.

Bernier's name isn't one that's well known throughout the league. But the 23-year old goaltender can put on one heck of a show when he's on the ice. Since being drafted by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) in 2006, Bernier's recorded a .910 save percentage and left Kings fans feeling confident when he was on the ice.

But when you're competing against Quick, it's not easy to find a whole lot of ice time.

When looking to Chicago, Corey Crawford's career save percentage is identical to Bernier's. But it's important to remember Bernier hasn't seen nearly the same amount of playing time as Chicago's starter. With a little more experience and work, there's no reason the young goaltender wouldn't continue to improve his numbers.

When it comes down to it, Crawford and Bernier could learn a great deal from one another, as well as grow together with the team. Bernier's experienced Quick's growth in Los Angeles first-hand and is able to note what it takes to your game to an entirely new level. Crawford has gone from the backup position to the starting role, and despite his struggles last season, can provide insight and tips on what to expect when making a jump like that in your career.

I'm not saying Bernier should come in and take over Crawford's spot, but I think both could be effective when given fair playing time. Even if Bernier is once again dealt the title of being a backup, he could see much more playing time in Chicago than he could in Los Angeles. Plus Bernier would be rather inexpensive--he has one year and 1.25 million left on contract--yet he has the numbers to prove he could be a top-notch goalie when given the chance.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.