As was the case for many Los Angeles players, 2018-19 was a year to forget for goaltender Jonathan Quick. The team struggled to score and some poor play from Quick and the defense meant that they had trouble keeping the puck out of their own net. The end result was Quick posting career worsts in goals-against average (3.38) and save percentage (.888). For comparison, his previous high in GAA was 2.54 (2009-10) while his lowest SV% was .902 (the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign). To call his numbers a substantial drop off would be an understatement.
The 33-year-old is signed through 2022-23 with a $5.8MM AAV. While it’s notable that his salary dips sharply after this season (he’ll receive $7MM this year and $9MM over the final three seasons combined), that cap hit is still significant.
Accordingly, Quick’s performance and contract made finding a viable trade all but impossible for GM Rob Blake to find over the summer.