Bernier is sent out by Kings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There, he will be safe from all the breakaways, odd-man rushes and uncleared pucks that filled his nightmares from two weeks with the NHL club. “I struggled with this decision from the very beginning, and it’s almost like a moral dilemma,” Lombardi said. “I asked myself what’s best for him and the franchise. It’s a tough decision, but I think it’s the best thing for the franchise in the long run.” Bernier might have been the top goalie on the Kings, but it wasn’t worth damaging his confidence on a 1-5 team that is off to its worst start in 20 years. The Kings assigned rookie Brady Murray to minors affiliate Manchester for the same reason. Jesse Boulerice, who last week was given the longest single-season suspension in NHL history for hitting a player in the face with his stick, was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. The 29-year-old Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the league for cross-checking the Canucks’ Ryan Kesler in the face on Wednesday. The penalty matched the ban given to New York Islanders forward Chris Simon in March for his two-handed stick attack of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said the decision was based on the need for more roster space while dealing with injuries. Flyers jettison Boulerice Around the league Penguins: Defenseman Brooks Orpik sustained a concussion while being leveled in Saturday’s game in Toronto but is expected to play Wednesday against New Jersey. Coach Michel Therrien said Orpik passed a neuropsychological test and was cleared to resume playing. Miscellany: The NHL Players’ Association officially nominated former U.S. assistant district attorney Paul Kelly for its executive director position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Kings general manager Dean Lombardi decided enough was enough. If Jonathan Bernier was going to be the team’s goalie of the future, he couldn’t take any more shellings in the present. The Kings returned the 19-year-old to his junior team in Lewiston, Maine, on Monday. last_img

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