DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 02: Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a stop on a shot by J.T. Compher #37 of the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Little Caesars Arena on March 02, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
From his station, Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier watched Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck recover a careless power-play turnover by defenseman Dennis Cholowski and skate hard directly toward him.
Bernier wasn’t supposed to be in that situation.
Most NHL insiders assumed him to be part of GM Steve Yzerman’s master rebuild strategy – the Yzerplan – and en route to the airport Monday night after being traded for additional assets.