Jonathan Quick and Kings Agree to Massive 10-Year Contract Extension
After going on one of the most impressive runs in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs, goaltender Jonathan Quick was rewarded with a 10-year contract extension, as announced by the Los Angeles Kings (via LAKings.com).
Quick is coming off one of the best seasons by a goalie in recent memory, as he went 16-4 with a 1.41 goals against average, .946 save percentage and three shutouts in the postseason en route to the Kings' first Stanley Cup victory, as well as the Conn Smythe Award for the most valuable player of the playoffs.
He was the Kings' MVP in the regular season as well as he won 35 games and had a goals against average of 1.95, a save percentage of .929 and an incredible 10 shutouts. Quick fell just short of the Vezina Trophy, won by New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, but Quick's numbers are incredible when you consider the lack of offensive support he received.
Was this extension a good move for the Kings?
The monetary terms of Quick's contract were not yet disclosed, as it cannot be signed until July 1, but Quick's cap hit was previously just $1.8 million per season, and he was set to become an unrestricted free agent following next season.
Quick is now guaranteed to remain a King through the 2022-23 season unless a trade or buyout occurs during that time, but with the way the 26-year-old American star is currently playing, the odds of either of those things happening seem to be quite minimal.
Luckily for the Kings, Quick's extension won't kick in until the 2013-14 season, so his signing won't affect the team's salary cap until then. That means that L.A. will still have plenty of cap room left over to sign any of its own free agents or perhaps outside free agents in an attempt to make another run at Lord Stanley's Cup next season.
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