Many parts of this Rangers roster are on the wrong side of 30 and looking to try and win the Stanley Cup before the undefeated father time comes to bite them. One of the players that has already started to lose the battle with time that will be joining the Blueshirts ranks this summer will be backup netminder Jonathan Quick. While you’d like to see competition for places, Quick is quite comfortably the backup.
Once a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Los Angeles Kings before winning the cup again with the Golden Knights, Quick is not the netminder he used to be. Now being a Columbus Blue Jackets legend, a lot has changed surrounding the Milford, Connecticut native. His body is not up to the same standard it used to be, and his performances have somewhat declined over the years as his body breaks down.
In nine starts with the Golden Knights last season after his acquisition at the trade deadline, Quick tallied a 5-2-2 record with a .901 save percentage and a 3.13 goals-against average. If he can keep that save percentage in New York, it will be all the Rangers are asking for from the 37-year-old shot-stopper. He’s not had the best of times since the end of the Los Angeles Kings’ success in 2018-19. He’s never been consistent in his career and often just found himself hot at the right time to lead the Kings deep.
As we know, Quick will be asked to play a backup role in New York. He’s trying to win a fourth cup before the sun sets on his career. Perhaps there is a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame for the 2011-12 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, but for now, he will be a New York Ranger. This comes with the pressure of performing up to the golden standards of a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup. In the past, Quick has been up to the task. Can he do it once more? Time holds the answer.