Quick is the main reason why his Los Angeles Kings are back in the series against the San Jose Sharks, with a 3-0 shutout in his last game to give his team a 3-2 series lead, which makes today the perfect time to feature this terrific swatch card:
Jonathan Bernier has been breathing down Quick's neck, looking to dislodge him from the No. 1 goaltender job in L.A. Bernier can save his breath for now, Quick looked like a wall when 2010-11 got going, winning seven of his first eight starts on the strength of an awesome 1.84 GAA.I'm a fan of both goalies, but it's hard to argue that Quick is not deserving of his spot. I don't care how much you have to plan for the future, Quick's with the Kings for another decade and is a Vezina contender for at least 5 of those seasons. In my opinion, this is like the Roberto Luongo situation with the Vancouver Canucks prior to this season - you have to stick with the (proven) long-term commitment and trade away the prospect; they can't do that anymore, but the Kings will have to.