New Jersey Devils Goaltender Done For The Season

The New Jersey Devils have announced that goaltender Jonathan Bernier underwent hip surgery and will be out for the remainder of the season. 

Bernier signed a two-year, $8.25 million contract with the Devils during the offseason. The hope was that he could form a very strong 1A-1B tandem with Mackenzie Blackwood. However, at least for year one of the contract, this expectation will have to be pushed aside. 

Bernier's last appearance was in December 3rd's contest against the Nashville Predators. In 10 games this season, the 33-year-old sported a 4-4-1 record, 3.06 goals-against average, and .902 SV%. It's a shame that his year is already completed, as he now will not be given the chance to rebound during it. 

It will be interesting to see what the Devils do with their goaltending as the season continues. This does open the door for longtime AHL goaltender Jon Gillies to fight for the backup job. However, we could see them add another one in the near future, too.

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