Jonathan Quick barely had time to introduce himself to his new teammates in Columbus before he knew he’d be on the move again.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights acquired Quick in a trade Thursday after the LA Kings initially traded him to the Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Columbus received goaltender Michael Hutchinson and a 2025 seventh-round pick in exchange for Quick.
Quick will be an unrestricted free agent when his 10-year, $58 million contract expires at the end of the season.
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Quick spent his entire NHL career with the Kings before surprisingly being included in a blockbuster deal with the Blue Jackets. LA acquired goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo and defender Vladislav Gavrikov in the deal.
The Golden Knights and the Kings play in the Pacific Division.
Vegas needed a goaltender after Logan Thompson suffered a lower-body injury in February. Coach Bruce Cassidy recently mentioned that Thompson «is doing well» but that he «isn’t even close to being on the ice.»
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Laurent Brossoit had been filling in for Thompson but picked up an injury over the weekend. The Golden Knights stuck with Hutchinson and Adin Hill in the net.
Quick gives Vegas a much-needed veteran option. The Kings were the only franchise Quick played for since he was drafted in the third round in 2005.
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He played a pivotal role in the Kings’ 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championships. He is a two-time Vezina Trophy finalist and a William Jennings Trophy winner.
Quick, 37, has experienced a drop in performance over the past two seasons. He achieved some career lows from him this season, going 11-13-4 with an SV% of .876 and a GAA of 3.50.
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The NHL trade deadline is Friday at 3 pm ET.