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Quick gets 10-year contract extension from Kings

Jun 28, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings have signed goalie Jonathan Quick to a 10-year contract extension that will run through the 2022-23 season.

The deal is reportedly worth $58 million (cap hit $5.8 million).

The 26-year-old Conn Smythe Trophy winner has one year left on his current contract with a $1.8 million cap hit.

The Kings’ justification for making such a lengthy commitment is laid out below:

Quick had a record-setting year in 2011-12 for the Kings and ranked amongst the NHL’s best in every major goaltending category.  He was even better during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as he led the Kings to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

In 20 postseason games Quick compiled 16 wins while leading all playoff goaltenders with a 1.41 goals-against average (third best all-time for goalies with at least 10 games played) and a .946 save percentage (tied for third best all-time for goalies with at least 10 games played).  He also tied for first with three postseason shutouts.

Quick’s regular season NHL rankings were the following: first in shutouts (10), second in goals-against average (1.95), tied for fifth in wins (35), tied for fifth in save percentage (.929) and fourth in games played (69).

Now that Quick’s not going anywhere, it’ll be worth watching what the Kings do with Jonathan Bernier, as GM Dean Lombardi doesn’t have to worry anymore about trading the 23-year-old then watching Quick walk away as an unrestricted free agent.

Then again, the Kings might want to keep Bernier as a backup and hope his so-so numbers (5-6-2, .909 SV%) improve next season, thus upping his trade value.

  1. ron05342 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    And all the rest of the league just shuddered.

  2. kingfooj - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    KINGS WILL WIN AGAIN. maybe not next year necessarily but it will happen

  3. biasedhomer - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    This is seeming to be the trend in the NHL, players under 30 getting 10+ year contracts, Franzen, Richards, Carter, Crosby, Ovi, Kovy. Down the line though, they may regret it, esp. for the Kings with 35+ year olds Carter, Richards, and Quick. You never know if these players can keep it up.

    • ron05342 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      You are missing the point.

      Sure, the Kings may very well suck when these guys are in their mid-30s. But by locking them up now, this ensure the Kings will contend for the Cup every year for at least the next five to six years.

  4. colby7 - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    He is worth it, but its a pretty big gamble to sign a goalie to a contract that long. Look no farther than Luongo or Dipietro, obviously Quick was better last year then either of those two, but this could end up being a problem.

    • bbk1000 - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      I agree, but the DiPietro contract was from an uninformed owner and GM, this should work….

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      See Hrudey’s comment below.

  5. mydadyourmom - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Ouch. Ugly move.

  6. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Less than Jeff carter. The world is upside down

  7. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    It doesn’t guarantee anything. Look how many one and done goalies that win cups.
    10 years is a loooong time

  8. hrudey - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Yeah, the thing about one and done would make more sense if you didn’t realize Quick has been a top-notch goalie for three years straight now, although he took it to new heights this season.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 29, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I’d give 5 thumbs up if I could.

  9. blomfeld - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    WIN WIN !!! :)

    The bottom line is that the “best” goaltender in the NHL has now decided to stay with the “best” team in the NHL ! No doubt this news brings “fear” and “despair” to the hearts of all you detractors out there … but “tough beans” say we King’s fans !

  10. michiganhockey11 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    As brilliant as Quick is (and he is very physically talented), he uses a butterfly style. Butterfly goaltenders don’t last very long in the league and have to adjust to a hybrid style of play.

    • blomfeld - Jun 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM

      yes, a valid point Michigan … Quick’s style of play is extremely effective … and yet it’s dangerous … it’s definitely not a style of play which is conducive to longevity, that’s for sure …

    • namriverrat69 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      And amazingly his game has improved each year since he came into the league. The same butterfly style didn’t work for Dodminick Hassek (sc). He will adapt or conform to whatever will win for him if his current style stops being effecxtive.

      Phoenix and the Devils both claimed in the breaks to shoot high to the upper part of the net. That didn’t work because .,.. Quicker is Quicker!! He will be just fine. His head is screwed on tight and he plays wtih such concentration he is unbelievable. For all the crying PHX did, 2 of the important goals bounced off a kings player into the net to tie two gamesm, I believe it was.

      I was wrong once before. It was way back on Oct 6, 1986 when I answered my country’s call to duty believing it was the right thing to do. I followed through with my contract committment ending up spent 2 1/2 years in Vietnam. I was one lucky survivor.


      • blomfeld - Jul 1, 2012 at 3:38 AM

        NOW HEAR THIS ! … Namriverrat69 “knows” the deal !

        A great post friend ! … your hockey comments are very factual and your personal reflections sure give one cause to pause and appreciate … by the way, isn’t this just totally “cool” that we LA Kings are Stanley Cup Champions ! :)

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