Quick Hits: The Big Buff or Backup Edition

In Red Wings Land

Red Wings will be in market for back-up goaltender
Bernier, 31, will be back next season as the starter. Howard experienced by far his worst season and isn’t likely to be re-signed. Veteran Calvin Pickard will return for the Grand Rapids Griffins but didn’t show enough this season to make the organization believe he can be Bernier’s back-up.

For me, the word “will” in “Bernier, 31, will be back next season as the starter” is way too certain a word for my tastes.

Bernier certainly played better than Howard last year, by a long shot, but he still isn’t an obvious NHL starter next year. I wouldn’t be angry if he was the starter next year, but I think there is a pretty decent chance that Yzerman goes out and gets someone who beats him out for the starting job, and I’m not talking about the top price free agent goalies.

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Now, I’m not saying that we should sign Big Buff.

I’m also not NOT saying it.

I would love to see him in Detroit next year. Of course that depends on the term and AAV. I’d rather sign him for a 1-2 year “show-me” contract than signing Torey Krug to a 6 year deal.

Again, if you want to hear more about Torey Krug, check out the latest episode of WIIM Radio :)

Stay safe and healthy.