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Kings’ Jonathan Quick Set to Have Shoulder Surgery

The L.A. Kings announced on Tuesday that goaltender Jonathan Quick will undergo shoulder surgery later this week.

The L.A. Kings announced on Tuesday that goaltender Jonathan Quick will be having shoulder surgery this week to repair wear and tear that he has sustained over the years.

It was yet another disappointing year for both Quick and the Kings. From a team perspective, they finished with just 49 points in the West Division, which was 14 shy of the fourth place St. Louis Blues. For the now 35-year-old Quick, he had another disappointing year, finishing with a save percentage (SV%) under .900 for the second time in three years.

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Years of Struggles

There is no denying Quick’s struggles in recent years. Over the last three seasons, he hasn’t posted a SV% better than .904, as he has had trouble playing behind a rebuilding Kings team. However, while the team is struggling, his goaltending partner in Cal Peterson has still managed to perform much better, and became the teams starting netminder this season as a result. In 35 games played, Petersen posted a 2.89 goals against average (GAA) along with a .911 SV%.

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Jonathan Quick Kings

It has been a very quick downfall for Quick, as he had a fantastic 2017-18 season before a horrible 2018-19 campaign, the worst of his career, in which he posted a 3.38 GAA along with a .888 SV%. It’s unclear what caused the rapid decline, but he has played a ton of hockey over his lengthy NHL career, including some deep playoff runs on what was once a very good Kings team.

Lasting Legacy

Despite his struggles in recent years, Quick should always be remembered as a goalie whose unorthodox style had him making saves the league had never seen before. For years he was once of if not the leagues most dominant goaltender, and always seemed to play even better in the playoffs.

He was never able to capture a Vezina Trophy while in his prime which is a shame considering just how good he was, but did win two William M. Jennings Trophies, and even more importantly helped the Kings win two Stanley Cups while also being awarded the Conn Smythe in 2012.

Perhaps getting surgery on a shoulder that has reportedly been bugging him for years now will help, but given his age it doesn’t seem likely. If his poor play continues into next season, the Kings may be forced to make a tough decision given his $5.8 cap hit on a deal that doesn’t expire until the end of the 2022-23 season. Regardless of what happens on that front, his contributions to the organization over the years are simply incredible, and he has a very strong case to being named to the Hall of Fame down the road.

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