At the moment, the Kings’ netminding tandem is comprised of Jeff Zatkoff, who has just 31 career NHL starts to his name, and Peter Budaj, who’s spent the last couple of years in the AHL.
Quick, in stark contrast to those two, started 68 games last season, and he started 71 the season before. He’s been a fixture in L.A.’s net, and it’s not so easy to replace a guy like that. When Quick missed time in 2013-14 with a groin injury, the Kings had Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens step in and play well. (Jones, of course, is now the starter in San Jose.)
The Kings’ next game is Thursday in Dallas.