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Quick: I didn’t do enough in 2013

Jun 10, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

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What would you make of Jonathan Quick‘s efforts in 2013?

He was inconsistent for most of the regular season, but he did get better towards the end and then truly broke out in the playoffs. At the same time, the Kings couldn’t get much done offensively in the postseason and thus had to rely on him to be near flawless to win — which he wasn’t against Chicago in the Western Conference finals.

When asked to evaluate his own season, he seemed to regard it as, at best, a mixed bag.

“It wasn’t good enough, obviously,” Quick told LA Kings Insider. “I wasn’t very good throughout the regular season. I got a little better later in the season. I played pretty good hockey for a couple rounds, and then I feel like it was a big letdown this past series. Obviously that feeling of underperforming the past five games is going to kind of sit with me for a while.

“You’re going to think about that all summer and for most of the off-season. Leading up to camp you’ll start to think about next season. So where I go from there, you feel that sting for a little bit and you take a week or two to rest and recover and then you get back at it.”

One thing Quick wanted to make clear is that his offseason back surgery wasn’t an issue at any point during this campaign.

“If I felt I wasn’t a hundred percent in January, I would’ve told the coach and I wouldn’t have been playing,” Quick said.

2013-14 marks the start of the 27-year-old’s 10-year, $58,000,000 contract. A deal of that length is a gamble to give to a goaltender regardless of his previous accomplishments, but Quick certainly does have an impressive history of success.

  1. polegojim - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Quick did PLENTY… nothing to apologize for.

    • micklethepickle - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Exactly!! I feel like Quick should’ve brained Doughty with his goalie stick for saying “We only need to score 2 goals to win a game”… talk about putting pressure on Quick! I’m not a big fan of LAK, but even I was offended by that comment. Quick is one of the premiere goalies in the league, shows up every post-season. Shame you can’t say the same about the team in front of him…

    • noisetheorem - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      he was PERFECT in the third round. Everytime Chicago really needed a goal, he let one in for us. No complaints from Chicago at all!

  2. rocoop - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    You were “offended” by the comment?? Your clueless..Doughty’s comment was a direct reflection of how confident the team is with their goalie…

    • micklethepickle - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Guess maybe Doughty and the rest of the bunch should’ve had a little more confidence in themselves and tried to out score opponents, rather than just sit back and squat as soon as they got a lead. Maybe if they had tried a little harder they wouldn’t be hitting the links?

  3. tripps3 - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Great players will take you far but team efforts win championships – this why Hawks and Bruins are in the SCF. Quick did awesome and not sure what what else he could’ve done

  4. patthehockeyfan - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Yes, a few shots got by Quick that normally wouldn’t have. So? Name me one goaltender that hasn’t happened to.

    Quick’s remark about not having done enough – what else was he supposed to do? Grab a stick and played offense?

    He’s a top-notch goaltender, and I can’t count the times during the playoffs that I heard announcers and analysts call him the best in the world. Hyperbole aside, he’s astounding in the net. ANY team would kill to have him.

    Looking forward to 2014!

  5. scoops1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Its OK Quick…what we NEED to do is…Lead the USA to a Gold Medal in the 2014 games…that’s if the NHLers can play

  6. thailer35 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    10 year contract for this kid was the worst choice ever.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      You’re nuts.

      Locking one of the top, if not the top, goaltender in the league,who hasn’t even hit his prime yet, for the past few seasons at a cap friendly 5.8 million is a GM’s wet dream. The only downside to that contract is Quick’s style will not compliment him at 35+, but he’ll only have 2 years left on the contract then.

      Quick is the top pure skill based goaltender in the league with the best reaction time. 5.8 million for a player who could easily command in the low to mid 6 million, when he hits his prime is a steal.

      I, for one, am exciting to watch the future of the King Crab unveil.

  7. aldog83 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    As a Kings fan.

    Im glad Quick is on our side.

    He had a 2yr playoff run we have not seen since Roy or Hasek.

    His comments show what he is the Ultimate competitor.

    Just wish we could have got him more goal support.

  8. noisetheorem - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Guess he just didn’t feel he was … …quick enough.

  9. aldog83 - Jun 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I wonder ifTuuka Raask ,Cory Crawford OR any Stanley Cup Goaltender could….

    Win the Stanley Cup…..have back surgery……and post a 1.83 GAA with a .934 SV %

    Through 18 playoff games the next season getting 2.7 goal support per game!

    Don’t think so…

    Quick is special.

  10. thesportsjudge - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    The “captain” in Pittsburgh should take some cues from Quick.
    At least Quick showed up in the third round. Crosby?

  11. blomfeld - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    THANK YOU JONATHAN … THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!

    Classy and intelligent remarks from my favorite player in the game today, which is truly commendable considering the upset that he must be feeling right now. Anyway, Quickie has nothing to apologize for in my opinion. Last year he was the ‘main’ reason why we went all the way and this year he was the ‘only’ reason why we got as far as we did. We Kings are extremely fortunate to have a player of Jonathan’s ‘elite’ caliber guarding our back end, no two ways about it. On the other hand, goal scoring or a ‘lack thereof’ is the obvious reason why we fell short this year. In fact, you could almost sense from that first game against the Blues that this was going to be an issue and sure enough that’s exactly what derailed our enterprise in the end. I’m sure however that this will be addressed by Lombardi and Sutter in the coming off-season. I personally feel that we already have the firepower and therefore no major personnel changes are required. Instead, I believe that just having our team concentrate less on the ‘smash & crash’ stuff and more on ‘high tempo play-making’ is the simple solution for our current scoring woes. Don’t kid yourselves, as people like Carter, Kopitar and Brown are human ‘scoring machines’ if they’re given the clearance to do so.

    Regardless, that was a pretty decent ‘follow up’ campaign to our glorious Stanley Cup Championship last year. Finishing 3rd out of 30 teams isn’t too shabby eh? And if nothing else, the efforts of Quickie and friends this year have yet again silenced the detractors and made us Kings fans as proud as one could possibly ever be !!! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • kingcobraman - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      what are you smoking….

    • fpstratton - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Let it be known that this was the third best finish of a season in Kings’ history!

      1. Stanley Cup champions-2012
      2. Stanley Cup finalists- 1993
      3. Stanley Cup semifinalists-2013

      That doesn’t say much for the Kings’ history, does it?

  12. r4n6er - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He is right. He needs to learn to score goals if he really wants to make an impact. Lol

  13. fpstratton - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Without Jonathan Quick, the Kings wouldn’t have gone beyond the first round. The rest of the team was far off their 2012 playoff form. There were only one or two games when the Kings looked like the 2012 champions. The rest of the time, the offense did just enough to beat St. Louis and San Jose because Quick was so good. Against the Blackhawks, Quick was human, at times, although he made spectacular saves in that series at well. The snide comment from the Blackhawks fan notwithstanding, the Kings defense just couldn’t handle the Blackhawks’ discipline and skill up front. That’s why they lost, not because of Quick. Furthermore, I had noticed, even before the playoffs started, that the 2013 Kings were not as crisp and adept at clearing the puck out of their zone. Last year, they made outstanding breakout passes and turned good defense into instant offensive scoring chances at the other end. This year, they iced the puck far more often when under offensive pressure. Against a team as good as Chicago, that’s a recipe for disaster.

  14. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

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