The shortened NHL season might force coaches to change their ways, but not the delightfully consistent Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, especially when it comes to his No. 1 goalie.
Sutter has done his lockout research and his inner baseball fan surfaced as he said there will be no "pitching rotation" during this 48-game season.
"If you look at the last team that won the Stanley Cup when they played 48 games, the goalie played 60 games," Sutter said of Martin Brodeur. "It a rotation might work if you're in 15th place."
Brodeur, in fact, played in 40 of 48 games in the regular season and in all 20 in New Jersey's run to the Stanley Cup in 1995.
In other words, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick's surgically repaired back better be ready for a heavy workload. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier had asked for a trade months ago, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said. However, it was not an issue later in the summer, Lombardi said Thursday at the kickoff event at Staples Center.