(pronounced kwers-BUR-ni-ber-GWIK-ee-AY)

  • There is no roster limit after the trade deadline. The Kings can carry as many players as they want on the active roster, limited of course by the cap and by the fact that they can only make four call-ups, one of which they have spent (on Scott Parse).
  • Erik Ersberg is not waiver-exempt, but there's no reason to send him anywhere (see no roster limit).
  • If Lombardi chooses to send Jonathan Bernier back to Manchester, it doesn't mean (1) that it's a vote of confidence in Jonathan Quick, (2) that it's a vote of confidence in Ersberg, (3) that it's a vote of no-confidence in Bernier. It may just mean Lombardi wants both goalies to play Saturday. Since Bernier, no matter what, has to transition from emergency call-up to actual call-up if he's going to play any more this year for the Kings, Lombardi may want to make use of this fact by getting him some more games in the AHL. (That is, once he's called-up for real, Lombardi won't be able to send him back and forth without spending more call-ups, of which he only has three).
  • Bernier's (3 year ELC) contract does not kick in until he plays ten NHL games in one season. This is because he signed his contract at age 18. Had he been 20 or older, the contract would have kicked in after 10 professional (i.e. NHL or AHL) games. He has played three games so far.
  • Quick's new contract begins next year and runs for three years.
  • Ersberg is signed for one more year.
  • I have no idea what Lombardi is going to do, but I don't plan on worrying too much about it. It's what you call a champagne problem.