With most of their roster that just won them their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history already signed going into next season, the Los Angeles Kings have a short list of goals to accomplish over the summer.
At the top of the list was an extension for goaltender Jonathan Quick. Quick won the Conn Smythe trophy as postseason MVP and may or may not have been snubbed as a Vezina Trophy win as well (he was).
An extension for Quick is one goal that Dean Lombardi can check off of his to-do list for the summer, as Quick and the Kings agreed to a 10-year contract extension on Thursday, worth $58 million. That new deal surprisingly keeps his cap hit under $6 million.
Quick was set to become a free agent in the summer of 2013, so Dean Lombardi and the Kings had every intention of getting an extension done at some point this summer. There’s no doubt that he’s the best young, if not the best overall, goaltender in the National Hockey League. He moves around the crease better and faster than any other netminder out there. And his stats speak for themselves.
I do question the 10-year term, though. It’s a big risk, given the performance of other goaltenders that have received mega deals like that (Rick DiPietro). But with that said, a cap hit under $6 million isn’t bad at all and shouldn’t be any sort of hindrance for the Kings, when it’s time to add to their roster again in the future.
With Quick locked up, the Kings can focus on the few other things that have to be done with their roster. Jordan Nolan is a restricted free agent, and should be re-signed pretty easily. They’ll likely attempt to re-sign Dustin Penner before he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.
Also keep an eye out on the trade market, as Jonathan Bernier will begin to draw strong interest from teams around the league, as he’s reportedly requested a trade.
Either way, we already know how the Kings feel about getting their franchise goaltender locked up: