37 Is New All Star Game Target for Kings and Quick

Terry Sawchuk, 1968. Mario Lessard, 1981. Rogie Vachon, 1973, 75, 78.

Those are the only three goaltenders to represent the LA Kings in the NHL’s annual All-Star Game.

Jonathan Quick cannot be added to that group, at least not this year.

The full rosters were announced earlier today and Anze Kopitar was the lone Kings player on the list.

But, how in the world was Quick left off? He continues to get zero respect around the league, despite his play over the last two seasons.

Players inside the Kings locker room have tremendous things to say about him, even former King Sean O’Donnell who once told me the Kings will one day win a Stanley Cup because of Quick.  Yet, he might be the most anonymous player on the team outside of Southern California.

Yes, he’s been a little erratic of late. However, the voting has been wrapped up for over a week and was meant to be over a larger body of work – i.e. the first half of the season.

He was arguably the best goalie in the league the first month of the season (7-1 record, 1.84 goals-against-average, .936 save percentage and gave up only one goal in four of his eight starts). Then, the team as a whole slipped in November – it can’t be blamed on him. Plus, he topped his awesome October with an equally impressive December – including three shutouts and a 7-3-1 record.

What more do people want from him?

As written about here, this guy was counted out from day one. It looks like little has changed.

Maybe you can blame it on the Kings’ history of poor goaltending. Come on, only three netminders in the 40-plus year history of the franchise get the call…and none since the team hosted the event in 1981?!? Who knows.

One thing is for sure though, it’s now been 36 years since a Kings goalie started in an All-Star Game (Vachon, ’75).

Looks like Quick will have to wait until next year to see if he can snap the streak.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Counted Out Too Quickly – feature story on Jonathan Quick

Kelly Hrudey on Jonathan Quick

Hugging the Post with Kelly Hrudey – full MayorsManor interview w/ former Kings goalie

Interview with Robb Stauber

Then, Along Came Bernier

Recent Articles

Lombardi Dean LA Kings GM

LA Kings Salary Cap Update After Trevor Lewis Signing, Next Steps

Kings GM Dean Lombardi and VP/capologist Jeff Solomon have been working overtime the past week and it’s helped bring some initial clarity to the team’s salary cap situation. After the signing of forward Trevor Lewis to a four-year, $8M deal, here is how things most likely look for the 2016-17 roster (at the moment):
LA Kings […]

Moverare NHL Draft

Scouting Report: RD4, Kings Select Dman Jacob Moverare

With their second selection in the 2016 NHL Draft (112th overall), the Los Angeles Kings have added Swedish defenseman Jacob Moverare, who is just 17-years-old and stands 6-foot-2.
Here is what the International Scouting Service had to say in their annual Draft Guide:
Skill: Good size defenseman that plays simple game. Good stick and body positioning defensively. […]

Clague Draft NHL Kings

Scouting Report: RD2, Kings Select Dman Kale Clague

Despite having only four picks to work with entering Saturday’s second day of the NHL Draft, the Kings opted to use their first selection of the weekend (51st overall) to take WHL defenseman Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings. He’s a 5-foot-11 blueliner who is said to have great offensive instincts and a big […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News