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Jonathan Quick Won’t Give Sound Bites Motivating Former Team Or Other Contenders

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Although it may have looked strange, goaltender Jonathan Quick suited up in his golden armor for the first time last night.

Quick was on the bench backing up Adin Hill looking surprisingly comfortable in another Pacific Division’s team hat and jersey. The lifetime LA King is now a member of the team he lost to in the 2018 playoffs and is prepared to make a run with his new team in 2023.

I’m looking forward to this opportunity. I’m coming into a locker room where I’ve played with seven or eight of these guys. The comfort level is there right away. I’m just looking forward to helping this team, win some hockey games. I don’t want to give sound bites. I am excited for this opportunity. It’s a great organization, it’s a great group of guys that I’m looking forward to working with them. I’m looking forward to helping them win this division and make a big run in the playoffs. –Jonathan Quick on ESPN’s The Point

Not only was the trade from LA to Columbus to Las Vegas a shock to the 37-year-old netminder but to many across the league. Kings’ leaders Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar expressed a range of emotions to the media after their backstop and dear friend was replaced with Joonas Korpisalo.

The last two days affected us a lot. It was really sad and unexpected. It sucks seeing one of your best friends of your life leave. I expected to play with him for the rest of my career. It’s hockey, it’s business and sometimes things happen that you’re not going to like. -Drew Doughty, LAK defenseman

Captain Anze Kopitar echoed Doughty’s comments.

It’s a very hard day. It was unexpected and sad. I was thinking that Quickie was a King for life, and we’d be playing with him for the rest our careers, Bottom line is we have to deal with and look to the road ahead.  -Anze Kopitar, LAK center

Even former Kings player and TV analyst Jim Fox had a hard time describing the scene after the deal was announced to the team.

Fox choked up on air while illustrating an emotional moment he shared with Quick after he became aware of the trade with Columbus.

Most times we don’t talk about what happens on the plane, but I think it’s appropriate because of what happened. It was extremely emotional. You talk about draining. It just sucked everything out of me. I had a chance to talk to him. I had a chance to give him a big hug. Thank you and Jonathan, you’re the best. -Jim Fox

Shock was the word of choice for many around the hockey world including Quick’s former Kings coach. Current Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter stepped out of character by praising his two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender. It takes a special player to earn that type of admiration from Sutter.

He was one of the leaders. That’s the guy who played a pile of playoff games and played hurt. He had major surgeries after a couple of them and still came back. He’s a warrior. He’s one of those old-style guys. He’s a great leader in the room, great work ethic, great personality. Dominant competitor. He wanted to be better than the other goalie. His whole thing will be he wants to show somebody. I guarantee that. –Darryl Sutter, Flames coach

Sutter mentioned how competitive and motivated an athlete Quick is. One of the goalie’s closest buddies wouldn’t be thrilled if they were to line up against the Golden Knights in the playoffs. Quick’s warrior mode might turn on in a seven-game series.

It would be tough if we had to play against him, I’m not going to lie. At the same time, we’re going out there trying to win a game. I’m a little scared of the fire he’s probably going to have in his belly if we do play him. -Doughty

When asked how he feels about potentially facing the Kings in the playoffs, VGK’s #32 responded in true veteran fashion.

We don’t need to get into that. We have Jersey tonight. -Quick

Spoken like a lifelong Golden Knight.






  1. Jerry Crowell

    Sounds like we got a guy who’s gonna push us to great things this year…

  2. Kevin Spence

    The guy is a 37-year old veteran and knows better than to give anything up that would be bulletin-board material. He took Crash Davis’ advice – use the cliches.
    “We gotta play it one day at a time.”
    “I’m just here to help the team”
    Quick knows not to bite into the press bait.

  3. RichardE

    He’s a 2-time Stanley cup winner and I expect he will be huge in the Goalie room even if he never plays a minute. Thompson, Hill and Brossoit can use that “old style” presence when the playoffs hit.

  4. TS

    Dallas putting a load of HURT on Colorado…2nd period, 5-1. Even the Avs have bad games….

  5. Al

    It was déjà vu reading the comments from the king players on the departure of Jonathan Quick. Those emotional, heartfelt comments were exactly what Vegas fans were lamenting when Andre Fleury was traded. Maybe some good karma is coming back to surprise Vegas. Welcome to Vegas Jonathan Quick

  6. Sorvino

    They sure did. Wow

  7. Jose

    Knights fan in minny, Te encontraré en Minnesota y te daré una paliza y me llevaré tu remolque.

  8. knights fan in minny

    dammit william out indefinitely we need him why is this team always snakebit.with injuries we need tobe full strength west is anybody’s stars thumped the avs

  9. THE hockey GOD

    i think they had no. 42 at practice today, call up. Not 100% sure if he was called up.

    Fox is one of the best, if not the best , TV color commentators in the league. (next to Mickey Redmond of the Red Wings!)

  10. THE hockey GOD

    comment of the day from LA fan.

    “Quick got demoted from a King
    to a Knight” !!

  11. Bobby

    Sounds like Kings fans are also happy for Quick to make it to Vegas. As a former Kings season ticket holder in the 1990s at the Forum, before Gretz opened the door for the Ducks Sharks Coyotes etc. Been loving life here in Vegas since Sept 29th 2017, as a diehard Golden Knights supporter.

  12. JV

    Carrier is a good bottom sixer, but why is he always injured? I think the shortened 56 game 20-21 season was the only one he didn’t miss significant time.

  13. Jailbird

    Carrier is a physical player. More chance of injury. I guess Cotter back in. Will we see Quick today?

    • THE hockey GOD

      yes Cotter took Carrier spot in practice in his line.

      Quick to start Sunday

  14. knights fan in minny

    crush the lowly habs today.

  15. Jose

    No puedo esperar a ver a Jonathan Quick jugar al portero hoy. Creo que está muy motivado.

    THE hockey GOD, te voy a romper los brazos y las piernas y romperte la columna.

  16. THE hockey GOD

    Jose translation to English

    Jose says she/he is a dumb fuck, uses pronouns that identify with
    trannies infected with venereal diseases; and The Hockey God is greatest person
    in history of the world !

  17. Sorvino

    Barbashev looks good so far. Has fit in very well. He looks like a true Golden Knight.

  18. knights fan in minny

    canes just held tampa shotless in the second

  19. Jose

    Los Golden Knights están teniendo una gran temporada con su ofensiva intensificando y anotando 3.15 goles por partido. Chandler Stephenson, Jack Eichel y Jonathan Marchessault han marcado 54 goles y 84 asistencias para liderar las dos primeras líneas, pero el resto de la ofensiva también ha sido excelente. Reilly Smith, William Karlsson y Phil Kessel se combinaron para 45 goles y 63 asistencias, mientras que Alex Pietrangelo y Shea Theodore agregaron 14 goles y 54 asistencias desde el punto para ayudar a abrir la ofensiva.

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