June 28, 2012

A king's ransom: Quick lands 10-year, $58 million extension

By Jesse Connolly

Unlike Rick DiPietro (Winthrop, Mass.) and Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Quick (Hamden, Conn.) is a Stanley Cup champion and a Conn Smythe Trophy winner. But following Thursday’s news, the three netminders now have a little more in common. 

Quick became the third goaltender to ink a 10-plus year contract, slotting in right behind the 12-year pact Vancouver’s Luongo began in 2010 and the 15-year deal DiPietro started back in 2006.

The deal, which was initially reported by RDS, is for 10 years on the nose. Los Angeles will pay Quick a total of $58 million over the next decade.

"We are very happy to have a long-term agreement in place with one of our top young players,” Kings GM Dean Lombardi (Ludlow, Mass.) said. “At this point we prefer to comment more on or around July 1."

The new contract – which won’t officially be signed until July 1 -- will start in 2013-14 for Quick, who recently finished second to Henrik Lundqvist in the voting for the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder.

Quick, who signed a three-year deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million prior to the 2010-11 season, was asked about his contract prior to the NHL Awards.

“That's obviously a different side of the game,” the former UMass standout responded. “Right now, I know today it's about the players here, just trying to enjoy this for the next couple days.”

Had Quick’s contract been in effect in 2012-13, he would’ve had the seventh-highest cap hit among goaltenders. After a superb start to his pro career and an unforgettable postseason in 2012, however, he’s certainly earned it. 

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.