There really wasn't supposed to even be a race for the American starting job at the Sochi Games. Jonathan Quick, despite a mediocre 2012-13, had established himself as the clear front-runner with two brilliant postseason runs in two years and was the consensus choice as Team USA's No. 1 goalie.
There's a race now.
Quick has been pedestrian early. Other contenders, hitherto expected to battle for a backup role, have emerged as real challengers in the primary goaltending role.
Does Quick still deserve the No. 1 slot, or has one of the other options usurped him? Read on to see our take.