LA Kings: Don’t expect Jonathan Quick to go to Seattle

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Per a recent podcast, the LA Kings are expected to hang onto Jonathan Quick with the expectation of splitting time with Cal Petersen next year.

We recently projected a few players that could be selected by the Seattle Kraken as part of their expansion draft; however, it appears that the LA Kings prefer to hang onto one player. Jonathan Quick has been with the team since being taken in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft. He was the foundation for the two Stanley Cup runs, but he’s far from the player he once was.

Quick, 34, got off to a difficult start in October this past season, but he rebounded well after that. The team also gave Jack Campbell a look before trading him to the Maple Leafs, and then Calvin Petersen saw some time in net before the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ended the season.

And it appears that the LA Kings plan on utilizing both Quick and Petersen next year, with the expectation that Seattle could be incentivized not to select a goalie from the Kings.

"“They like that tandem, and they like the depth of this organization so much,” said Dennis Bernstein, via Kings of the Podcast. “They will incentivize Seattle not to pick a goaltender. They’d be willing to give up one or two assets to keep this in place.”"

Petersen played in just eight games, but he registered a .922 save percentage and a 2.64 GAA. In 11 games last year, he put up similar stats. It would seem that as Quick enters the twilight of his career, that he and Petersen are more likely to split the 82-game schedule. Whether that’s a 50-50 share remains to be seen, but looking around the league suggests that a goalie tandem is doable.

Boston has done great work with the combination of Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, as have the Dallas Stars with Ben Bishop and Anton Khudobin. Obviously, I am not saying the duo of Quick and Petersen are the next Rask/Halak, only saying a split is feasible.

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Bishop is in a similar place of his career as Quick. Now 33, his playing time has transitioned more towards a 40-game schedule, dropping from a career-high 63 games during the 2013-2014 campaign.

The 25-year-old Petersen is under contract through the 2021-2022 season, while Quick’s contract runs through the 2022-2023 season.