Do The LA Kings Still Have Faith In Jonathan Quick?

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) makes a glove save
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) makes a glove save Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Quickie is his nickname, and he has been the leading goaltender for the Kings since he came into the league. He was drafted by the Kings in 2005. He has led the Kings to two Stanley Cups. He has also won the Jennings Trophy(for the fewest goals scored against the team). He’s been to the All-Star Game in 2012 and 2016. The guy’s stats are impressive, but the new guy in town, Phoenix Copley, has been getting all the love lately.

Every goalie goes through slumps, and every new guy is hot. Quick was a bench warmer for a while, and Copley was in the net for over 12 straight games. As a fan, I watched the game on New Year’s Eve, and there was Copley in the net again. By this time, I was wondering if Quick would ever be in the net again. The TV cameras often scan the bench area. You see players talking, looking at those tablets, and the camera finds Quick, and in my opinion, he looked so sad sitting there.

You could see on his face that he wanted to be in the net. He finally got his chance during the Calgary Flames and LA Kings game. Thinking this is his shot to prove he’s still got it. Well, that game was not great. They ended up losing 4-2, so there went his big moment. The Flames could have had the advantage, but the team just did not seem to want to defend, that’s another article for another time.

Every goalie goes through some downtimes and slumps. Then the new guy then gets hot, and you feel like a lump of coal. This also happened with Cal Peterson as well before Copley came along. Before Peterson went down to The Reign (Ontario, CA, the minor league team). Now, if the Kings still had faith in their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie, Quick would be in the net a lot more. For a while, I wanted to put up a sign, “If you’ve seen Johnathan Quick, please tell him to report to the net.” He has, but when he’s there, the game turns on a dime, and the defense just doesn’t seem to be as sharp in front of him.

Then just the other night, Saturday the 21 of January, the Kings are on the road because the Grammy Awards are coming to the Crypto Arena. There they were in Nashville with a lead going into the third. Now get this, Copley was in the net, and the team tanked the lead and lost. If the new guy got a loss, suddenly it’s ok, you’ll get the next one, and he did because the next day, they beat Chicago Blackhawks 2-1.

We shall all see how the rest of the road trip goes from Philadelphia, then both Florida teams, then Carolina. Then comes the All-Star break, and though neither goalie got picked for the game, I do hope the rest will be good for both of them. When Quick is back in the net, his own team will defend and show him that they all do still have faith in him.

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Rachel Schneider

New to writing, loved hockey since the mid 90's, I got converted. I'm all for dropping the gloves and don't want to see it go away, I have my favorite teams Kings, Ducks, Knights but if there's a game on I am watching it.

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