PHT Morning Skate: Where Jonathan Quick is actually a really thoughtful guy

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick hooked his old goalie coach from his days at UMass, Jim Stewart, up with a great retirement gift by fulfilling his potential as one of his best students. (Kings)

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says there’s a 50/50 chance of Jaromir Jagr coming back to Philly. (

Are the Senators interested in Rick Nash? Could they possibly give up the package needed to get him? (Sportsnet)

The Sabres and GM Darcy Regier are ready to trade once again. Derek Roy should keep his phone close by for the summer. (Buffalo News)

Patrik Elias may know a thing or two about where the Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning puck is. (L.A. Kings Insider)

The Devils are still waiting to hear just what Ilya Kovalchuk’s ailment is. (Fire & Ice)

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is looking to get things done via trade this summer. (News & Observer)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi knows this offseason will be a short one for him. He doesn’t mind it so much. (

Yes, Jordan Eberle does want to win the Lady Byng Trophy. Hardware is hardware, man. (Edmonton Sun)

More GM talk, this time from Sharks boss Doug Wilson about what’s in his team’s future. (

Peter Chiarelli really hopes to see Dougie Hamilton in a Bruins uniform next season. (

Will things play out the right way for Rick Nash to get dealt? David Shoalts wonders about that. (Globe And Mail)

Columnist thinks it won’t take much to get Roberto Luongo


The rumors about Roberto Luongo being dealt to Toronto aren’t likely to stop until either the Leafs add a goalie or Luongo is moved. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has a curious take on how things are going, however.

Simmons says with Tomas Vokoun in Pittsburgh, Anders Lindback in Tampa Bay, and the lone viable young goalie left out there being L.A.’s Jonathan Bernier, the time to strike for Luongo might be now and it might not cost the Leafs a lot to get him.

With Vokoun and Lindback scratched from the list of the available and the Kings’ Dean Lombardi saying “having only one quarterback is dangerous,” that leaves Roberto Luongo as their best goaltending option moving forward to this week’s NHL draft and trade meet. The good news with Luongo is it won’t cost much to get him. The bad news is it’s a long-term solution for the Leafs and if they still believe in James Reimer and, to a lesser extent, Ben Scrivens, then it isn’t an ideal situation for the development of a youngster.

The assumption that it wouldn’t take a lot to get Luongo out of Vancouver is a bit of a leap. Toronto isn’t the only team in the hunt for better goaltending.

Columbus still wants to improve in goal and could offer up a solid package to Vancouver if so inclined. As long as there is competition for Luongo, the price to get him isn’t going anywhere, especially down and especially not at a discount to Toronto. Luongo may want out of Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean the Canucks will give him up just to get him gone.

Oh right, the Kings might want to give Jonathan Quick a contract extension


Jonathan Quick has been a very good goalie for the L.A. Kings for a couple years now. After watching him stonewall everyone in sight through the playoffs on the way to winning both the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Stanley Cup, the Vezina Trophy finalist is having himself a hell of a year.

There’s a catch though. Quick’s emergence as one of the best goalies in the NHL comes as he’s got just one more year left on his current contract and Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times says the Kings’ top priority is to get him signed on long-term.

Under collective bargaining rules, negotiations for a contract extension can open after July 1. It isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that Quick’s camp will ask for a contract comparable to the bar set by the seven-year, $49-million deal that goalie Pekka Rinne signed with the Nashville Predators last summer.

Yeah, Quick is going to cash in in a big way and it would be crazy for the Kings to let him walk. Advantage: Quick. On the upside for L.A., GM Dean Lombardi has been good, albeit tough on occasion, in getting his franchise players signed up long-term.

He got a deal done with Anze Kopitar pain-free, and locked up Drew Doughty after an arduous summer. Getting something done with Quick will be tricky, especially with a new CBA on the way, but a virtual necessity for the Kings.

These Kings have a distinctive Philly feel about them


If you’re a Philadelphia Flyers fan, watching the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup had that distinct bittersweet taste to it.

These Kings came through with so many connections to the Flyers, fans had taken to referring to the Kings as “Flyers West” only now the Kings have the Cup and Philly is still without one since 1975. Dan Rosen of highlights the numerous connections the Kings have to Philly and if you are a Flyers fan, you might want to look away. Check out these L.A.-Philly ties, they’re staggering.

  • Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, and Justin Williams all had significant time playing for the Flyers in their career.
  • Colin Fraser was originally drafted by Philly in 2003 but never played for the Flyers.
  • Kings assistant coach John Stevens is a former Flyers head coach.
  • Kings GM Dean Lombardi, while between GM jobs with the Sharks and Kings, was a scout for the Flyers in 2006.
  • Kings Vice President and Assistant GM Ron Hextall won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Flyers in a losing effort during the 1987 Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton.
  • Former Kings coach Terry Murray used to play for and coach the Flyers.

At this rate they have to have a Cup parade through Philadelphia too, right?

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dean Lombardi is feeling nervous

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi was feeling nervous about his young team before Game 4. A parent always worries about his kids so it’s sort of like that but with millionaire players instead. (Toronto Sun)

Are the Kings feeling frustrated? The Devils are thinking that’s the case. (

Lisa Dillman says the Kings’ momentum got thrown under a bus. A Motley Crue-esque party bus. (Los Angeles Times)

Brad Stuart’s trade to San Jose could create a crowded blue line for the Sharks. (

Taylor Fedun is back to normal skating. His comeback from a nasty broken leg is going well. (Oilers)

A hockey coach in Newfoundland was suspended for a year for letting his kids study for school instead of attending opening ceremonies for a tournament. Oh, Canada you so crazy. (CBC)