Rangers Report Cards: Jonathan Quick: C
Unable to resign Halak, the Rangers signed Jonathan Quick, the former Blueshirts fan, for one year, $825K with $1,000 available in performance bonuses.
Quick’s Goals-Against Average hit 3.41 to start the season and his save percentage? Well, it waved hello at .882 – the lowest he’s seen since his rookie days with the Los Angeles Kings. It was like seeing a rockstar lose a few notes. The writing was on the wall, and Los Angeles felt it. So, they made a move – a heartfelt trade, no less.
March 1 marked the day Quick hopped on the Columbus Blue Jackets train after 16 seasons with the Kings, only to switch tracks the next day and be dealt to the Vegas Golden Knights. In his first ten games with the Knights, he went 5-2-2, boasting a 3.13 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He finished the season with a career-worst -17.2 Goals Saved Above Expected.
Quick might not be the hall-of-fame netminder of yore, but he’s still got some tricks up his goalie pads. When Vegas started their Stanley Cup chase, he took on the role of Adin Hill’s backup. So, while he wasn’t not headlining, Quick still showed up and played his part.
The 37-year-old will be riding the bench for most of the season, playing second fiddle to Shesterkin. However, he’s more than just a backup. He’s like adding a dash of championship spice to the Rangers’ locker room, sprinkling some wisdom. Quick’s already got the mentoring game down pat, just like when he took Hill under his wing during the Knights’ Cup run. The Rangers look forward to him doing the same for Shesterkin.