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Kings plan “serious” extension talks with Quick — so, how much is he worth?

May 22, 2012, 6:42 PM EST

Jonathan Quick

Over at ESPN (paywall), Craig Custance took an in-depth look at the LA Kings roster and had an interesting sidebar on goalie Jonathan Quick:

Quick is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2013. When I spoke with his agent, George Bazos, from Edge Sports Management, I was told the plan is for extension talks to get serious this summer. He can sign an extension any time after July 1 under the rules of the current CBA.

“We’re certainly open to talking to them,” Bazos said. “I think they’re going to want to know from their end if indeed they can have him locked in.”

Quick’s a franchise goalie that L.A. will want to sign long term. Don’t think there’s any question there. Aside from earning a Vezina nomination and posting arguably the greatest goaltending season in franchise history, Quick’s also backstopped the Kings to within a game of the Cup final (and barring a meltdown of epic proportions, their first finals appearance since 1993.)

Soooooo….what kind of numbers will keep in him Hollywood?

Bazos could use Pekka Rinne‘s seven-year, $49 million deal as a starting point. It’s an absolute monster of a deal, but in line with what Rinne means to the franchise — more than just a good goalie, or a Vezina-worthy goalie, but a team MVP and possible Hart Trophy candidate, which is what Quick is to the Kings.

(Note 1: Quick is 26, Rinne is 29.)

(Note 2: The Kings could go risky and give Quick a Luongo/DiPietro/Bryzgalov special — you know, a super-long-term contract that minimizes the annual cap hit. Get one more in there before the new CBA arrives.)

The only foreseeable issue is L.A.’s long-term financial outlook. While GM Dean Lombardi was lauded for bringing in Jeff Carter at the trade deadline, present day success could be costly down the road. Carter ($5.27 million annually) joined the likes of Drew Doughty ($7 million), Anze Kopitar ($6.8 million) and Mike Richards ($5.75 million) as well-compensated Kings.

That said, Lombardi can’t risk losing Quick or even flirt with the notion of letting him go to market — he’d be 27 by the time he’s a UFA, smack in the midst of his prime.

In closing: There’s a chance Quick could get Rinne money, but also a chance he’ll get more.

  1. billlaforge22 - May 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Why would the Kings do anything about an extension for Quick before they see the new CBA?

    • cmdaw - May 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      The devil you know…

  2. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    If Breezy is worth 51 million over 9 then a year from now Quick should be worth….what? 75-80 million?

    • drunkbro - May 23, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      breezy got a 25 mil bonus for being funny and talking about monkeys and bears. quick better start cracking jokes if he wants to hit breezys pday

  3. capsrockva - May 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The kings need to sign him. He is one of the best goalies I’ve seen If not then I hope the Caps sign him

  4. dannythebisforbeast - May 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    end up like the blackhawks, win then get dismantled. ashame cant keep a good team together for years

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 22, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    If the Kings don’t make him the highest paid goalie then someone else will.

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