The AHL will benefit in the coming week, adding more NHL talent to their already accomplished league. Los Angeles Kings General Manager, Dean Lombardi confirmed to Helene Elliot of the LA Times that goalie, Jonathan Quick will play for the Kings’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs during the lockout.
Quick recently signed a ten year, 58 million dollar contract extension this summer following the Kings Stanley Cup run during the summer. He won the Conn Smythe trophy during that run, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs and is rarely awarded to goalies. During the postseason, Quick posted an outstanding .946 save percentage along with three shutouts during the Kings playoff journey.
This transaction was allowed due to his injury occurring prior to the lockout, therefore allowing Quick to play for Manchester. He will likely take over as the Monarchs starting goalie, helping mentor young AHL net-minder Martin Jones.
Quick, 26, was drafted in the third round of the 2005 NHL entry draft and will enter his sixth season for the Kings following the lockout. He first played for Los Angeles in the 2007-2008 season, playing in three games and posting a 1-2 record in net to go with a 3.83 goals against average.
He rebounded the following year, increasing his playing time up to 44 regular season games and recorded 21 wins on the season. In the 2009-2010 campaign, Quick started 77 games, his highest total in any season, registering 39 wins with a 2.54 goals against average. He lowered his goals against average to 2.24 in 61 games during the 2010-2011 season and had a phenomenal year this past season in 69 games, earning 35 wins along with a stellar 1.95 goals against average.