So, maybe this one makes our earlier point about not having a current Devils player retire, but Jonathan Bernier didn’t play a game last season. We might forget that Bernier was actually practicing earlier in the season, but a setback ended any chance of a comeback. Now, Bernier is likely facing the end of his career.
Bernier’s only time with the Devils was during that disastrous 2021-22 season, where the Devils were forced to employ seven goalies. Bernier was one of three NHL goalies brought on to help them get over the hump. However, his injury ended that idea pretty early. Mackenzie Blackwood’s injury put the idea to bed for good. After a few too many games with Jon Gillies and Andrew Hammond in net (not sure why he’s taking so many shots in this article), it was clear the Devils did not have the right answer.
As far as legacy goes, Bernier’s likely lives in Toronto. While he was only there for three seasons, he posted his best numbers there and was the de facto starter for two of them. He might have spent more time in Los Angeles, but he played a lot fewer games constantly competing with Jonathan Quick.
Injuries are unfortunately a part of the NHL and some end careers. Bernier’s time with the Devils was cut short, but now he gets to enjoy time with his growing family in whatever city they want.