29-Year-Old Goalie – Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Quick Contract Information:
Agreed to a 10-year contract extension with the Kings in June of 2012.
Quick was the first goalie off in the Saturday morning skate, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. As a result, he's expected to start in goal Saturday night versus the Blackhawks.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Quick was limited to just 49 games last season thanks to a groin injury and some uneven play at times, but got his name on the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons. He wasn't nearly as good in the playoffs as he was in their previous Cup run, but that hardly matters to Kings' fans. His game has slipped some in recent years and a heavy workload may be begininng to show its effects. But he's still the No. 1 goalie on what figures to be an elite team and he'll play a ton when healthy. Draft him early and be rewarded.
Quick had an impossible act to follow after coming off a Stanley Cup and Conn Symthe season in 2011-12 and then signing that monster, 10-year contract extension. His numbers (18 wins, 2.45 GAA, .902 save percentage) were still decent and he tried to carry the Kings once again with some brilliant netminding in the postseason. The Kings hope that the form he flashed in the playoffs are a better indication of the next decade than the uneven play he showed at times in the regular season, particularly after dealing backup Jonathan Bernier to the Leafs in the offseason. We have every confidence he'll rebound.
Where to begin? Quick was among the game's best during the regular season (35 wins, .929 save percentage, 1.95 GAA) before embarking on his unbelievable run in the playoffs that culminated with a hoisting of the Stanley Cup. He signed a ten-year contract with the King,s but isn't the type to rest on his laurels. Expect another 35-win season as long as his summer back surgery is fully healed.
Quick (35 wins, 2.24 GAA, .918 save percentage) topped 35 wins for the second straight year despite a slightly reduced workload. He'll enter training camp as the team's No. 1 goalie, but figures to get pushed for playing time by backup Jonathan Bernier if he starts slowly. Bernier's emergence could further cut into Quick's starts but it's still his job to lose if he plays well on what figures to be a playoff-bound Kings squad.
Quick posted a career-best 39 wins last year in the regular season, before a pair of clunkers against the Canucks in Round One of the playoffs ended his season on a down note. Jonathan Bernier is the team's goalie of the future, but it's unclear just how soon he'll be handed the keys as Quick is signed for two more years at $1.8 million per season. The Kings expect to contend again this season so Quick should enter the season as the team's starting goalie. If he can hold onto the starting role there's no reason he can't repeat last year's success (39 wins, 2.54 goals-against average, and .907 save percentage). Just be aware that an early season slump could have Bernier knocking on the door.
Quick enters camp as the team's #1 netminder but will face some tough competition from Erik Ersberg and prospect Jonathan Bernier. The Kings look to improve but it remains to be seen if any of their metminders can hold onto the starting job for the entire season.
Quick's stuck behind Jonathan Bernier on the organizational ladder and likely needs a change in scenary unless he wants to be a backup goalie to Bernier. If he gets traded to another organization he could advance quickly. He's not a franchise-type goalie but could develop into a solid #1 netminder in the right situation.
Quick gave up his two years of eligibility at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after he performed well as a sophomore and ranked fifth in the NCAA in save percentage. With a couple of top prospects in goal ahead of him, the Kings will not rush him and he is expected to see some time in the minors this season.