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Oh right, the Kings might want to give Jonathan Quick a contract extension

Jun 13, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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Jonathan Quick has been a very good goalie for the L.A. Kings for a couple years now. After watching him stonewall everyone in sight through the playoffs on the way to winning both the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup, the Vezina Trophy finalist is having himself a hell of a year.

There’s a catch though. Quick’s emergence as one of the best goalies in the NHL comes as he’s got just one more year left on his current contract and Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times says the Kings’ top priority is to get him signed on long-term.

Under collective bargaining rules, negotiations for a contract extension can open after July 1. It isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that Quick’s camp will ask for a contract comparable to the bar set by the seven-year, $49-million deal that goalie Pekka Rinne signed with the Nashville Predators last summer.

Yeah, Quick is going to cash in in a big way and it would be crazy for the Kings to let him walk. Advantage: Quick. On the upside for L.A., GM Dean Lombardi has been good, albeit tough on occasion, in getting his franchise players signed up long-term.

He got a deal done with Anze Kopitar pain-free, and locked up Drew Doughty after an arduous summer. Getting something done with Quick will be tricky, especially with a new CBA on the way, but a virtual necessity for the Kings.

  1. ron05342 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    The only way they let Quick walk is if he absolutely refuses to re-sign.

  2. itsallniceonice - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    From Bernier placeholder to Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup Champ!! Glad to see Quick has made the most of his opportunity with LA. It’s going to be a nice pay day for the kid and I’d have to agree with ron. No way he walks unless he doesn’t want to be a King anymore.

    • dannymac17 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      and i cant see him wanting to leave outright.

  3. danphipps01 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Three contracts paying seven million or close to it on the books by next season’s end, plus Richards and Carter making well over five apiece. Lotta pretty sizeable contracts on this team. Good thing Pancakes is coming off the books.

    • creasemasta41 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      After the postseason pancakes had i would at least try to sign him for 3mil over maybe 2-3 years. That carts-richie-pancakes line was absolutely dominant at times. and im not to sure if king or nolan could fill the hole.

      • danphipps01 - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        True, bu in 84 games with the Kings, he had 23 points, including just nine goals. I just couldn’t will myself to actually risk money on that, even if he did put up decent points in the playoffs. A one-year, $2-2.5m deal, maybe, but nothing more risky than that. Voynov, Martinez, Quick and most of the bottom six young blood are up for renewal at next season’s end. Too many key names, too much disappointment from Penner, too little, too late.

      • hrudey - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Yeah, nor do I think Loktionov is a fit on that line – I wonder if Brown went down to the second line and Lokti went up with Kopitar and Williams, though.

        Trying to figure out how to keep a Cup winning team together is a much nicer problem than Kings fans are used to, though!

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Glad u could find some la times reporter. Went to their site to read about the cup winners found one article by some chick.
    Is there even a parade?

    • ron05342 - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Oh yeah…watch and weep, creep. Must be a Sharks fan. LOL

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