With the return of Jonathan Quick not short of 48 hours ago, the Los Angeles Kings added another goalie to their arsenal that has some scratching their heads.
Ben Bishop was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensive prospect Erik Cernak, veteran net minder Peter Budaj, a seventh-round draft pick, and a conditional selection in 2017 NHL Draft.
With Quick sidelined with a groin injury for 59 games, the Kings relied on Peter Budaj to fill some solid skates. He has a 27-20-3 record and a .917 save percentage. With Quicks return to the lineup on Saturday posting a win versus the Anaheim Ducks, the news of the Kings acquiring another goalie comes at a bit of a “better late than never” scenario. What would have made more sense a month ago, the offensively challenged Kings looked to solidify their playoff run by making this big name acquisition.
Quicks injury is one that does need to be monitored as groin injuries tend to show themselves again, especially with a player like Quick who is very eager to play the same style prior to his injury. General Manager Dean Lombardi understands that Quick needs to be eased back into action and couldn’t quite be the workhorse he once was with Los Angeles.
Fantasy owners may see a hit here with Quick and Bishop sharing the workload, but Lombardi sees this as more of a win now opportunity. “The number one focus has to be now that your back end is in order and your goaltending is in order.”
Although the move was not the main issue the Kings are facing, with a low production of offense, it still should improve the teams chances of making the playoffs.
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