Jonathan Quick, 37, Showcases Career-Best Hockey Performance

Despite being written off as past his prime, NHL goaltender Jonathan Quick has bounced back, delivering impressive performances for the New York Rangers, including a 6-0-1 record with two shutouts and a .930 save percentage, outperforming expectations and potentially positioning himself for a fourth Stanley Cup win.

‣ Jonathan Quick, despite being considered past his prime, has been playing some of his best hockey since helping the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2014. He has delivered a 6-0-1 record with two shutouts and a .930 save percentage for the New York Rangers, outperforming expectations and other goalies in the NHL.
‣ Quick’s performance has been critical in keeping the Rangers afloat, especially given recent injury concerns. His flexibility and movement, despite numerous surgeries over the years, have been notable aspects of his game.
‣ Quick recently became the first American-born goaltender to record 60 career shutouts and is second only to Marc-Andre Fleury in terms of wins among active NHLers. Despite a few rough years, his career numbers are impressive and he is likely to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Quick is a name you can’t forget. We’ve often dismissed him as a has-been goalie, long past his prime. Sure, he had a stellar 2017-18 season, but the next two years were a far cry from his NHL glory days. Yet, he surprised us all in the 2021-22 season, exceeding expectations with the Los Angeles Kings. But then, just like that, he was back to his old ways.

After a sudden and emotional departure from California, no one would’ve blamed him for retiring. He’d just finished a massive 10-year contract, something today’s NHL players can’t even dream of. But guess what? He’s back and playing some of his best hockey since the Kings’ Stanley Cup win in 2014.

Quick signed with the New York Rangers in the offseason, providing some relief for Igor Shesterkin. But with Shesterkin nursing injuries, Quick has stepped up. He’s delivered a 6-0-1 record with two shutouts and a .930 save percentage. That’s better than any other goalie in the NHL. Even on his worst night, allowing four goals on 31 shots, he still led the Rangers to victory over the top-seeded Boston Bruins.

Quick’s stats are impressive. He’s ranked 16th out of 48 eligible goalies with a .924 SV% at 5-on-5. His goals saved above average this year is 7.0, a huge improvement from his dismal minus-23.6 last year. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. Since 2018-19, he’s only had one season with a positive GSAA.

In his prime, Quick was a force to be reckoned with. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2011-12, the year he won the Conn Smythe and helped the Kings clinch the Stanley Cup. He won the Jennings Trophy in 2013-14 and the Cup again. Two years later, he was a Vezina finalist once more. But after an injury in the 2016-17 season, his performance took a nosedive.

When Quick was traded to the Golden Knights last year, he started strong. But his overall stats were disappointing, and he found himself sidelined during the playoffs. He got to lift the Cup for the third time, but he didn’t play a single minute of playoff action.

The Rangers haven’t had to worry about their goaltending this season. Even Louis Domingue has been impressive. But Quick’s two shutouts have been crucial, especially with Adam Fox out. His performance has been key in keeping the Rangers in the game. And let’s not forget the role of Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire. Since Quick joined the Rangers, he’s been a new man.

Quick’s flexibility, a hallmark of his game, seems to be back. Despite numerous surgeries that seemed to slow him down, he’s moving like a 25-year-old again. He recently became the first American-born goalie to record 60 career shutouts. Only Marc-Andre Fleury has more wins among active NHLers than Quick’s 380.

It’s a shame the past few years have been tough for Quick. Few goalies can match his record. With two Olympic appearances and a silver medal in 2010, he’s a future Hockey Hall of Famer. And who knows? A fourth Stanley Cup might be on the horizon. Not bad for a guy everyone wrote off, huh?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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