Breaking News: Los Angeles Kings Shock Fans with Trade of Goaltender Jonathan Quick
In a surprising move, the Los Angeles Kings have traded their veteran goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick, who has been with the team since 2007, is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and has been one of the most recognizable faces of the Kings franchise. However, with the team struggling this season and looking to rebuild, the Kings felt it was time to move on from Quick and give their younger goalies a chance to shine.
Quick has been a consistent presence in the Kings’ net for over a decade, playing in 678 regular season games and earning a record of 337-247-76. He has also played in 118 playoff games, where he has a record of 65-49 and a .922 save percentage. Quick’s performance in the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs was particularly impressive, as he won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in both championship runs.
Despite Quick’s success with the Kings, this season has been a struggle for both him and the team. Quick has a 9-15-4 record with a .892 save percentage and a 3.23 goals-against average. The Kings, meanwhile, have a record of 18-31-6 and are currently last in the Pacific Division.
In exchange for Quick, the Kings received a package of draft picks and prospects from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The move frees up salary cap space for the Kings and gives them more assets to build for the future.
The trade also signals a changing of the guard in Los Angeles. Quick, who is 37 years old, was the last remaining player from the Kings’ championship teams of 2012 and 2014. The team has been in a rebuilding phase for the past few years, and this trade is another step in that process.
While it is always difficult to say goodbye to a player who has been such an integral part of a franchise, the Kings feel that they are making the right decision in trading Quick. They have a promising young goalie in Cal Petersen, who has shown flashes of brilliance this season despite the team’s struggles. They also have several other young players who they hope will help lead them back to contention in the coming years.
For Quick, the trade means a fresh start with a new team. He will join a Blue Jackets team that is also in the midst of a rebuilding process and will have the opportunity to mentor some of their young goalies while also competing for playing time.
Overall, the trade is a significant moment in the history of the Kings franchise. It marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in the team’s history. Only time will tell if the trade ultimately proves to be the right decision for the Kings, but they are confident that they are on the right path to building a championship-caliber team once again.