|Interesting 24 hours for Quick: held on for a tough win on Thursday night; new three-year contract on Friday morning.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick
had a rough Thursday night. Friday morning felt better, as it came with the announcement that Quick had signed a three-year contract extension, effective next season.
Rookie defenseman Davis Drewiske also signed a three-year extension. Quick's deal is worth an average of $1.8 million per season while Drewiske will make $600,000 per season. Quick, 23, and Drewiske, 24, were both due to become restricted free agents next summer.
Quick, designated the Kings' No. 1 goalie going into training camp this season, has started nine of the Kings' 10 games and has a 6-3 record, a 3.01 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage.
"I am excited that they think highly enough of me to offer me the contract," Quick said after practice Friday. "I enjoy it here in L.A. I love the team, I love all the guys on the team and I think we have something special here, so it's great to know that I'll be a part of it for a couple more years."
Drewiske, a former free-agent signing out of the University of Wisconsin, impressed late last season, when he had three assists and a plus-1 rating in 17 games. This season, Drewiske has one goal, two assists and a team-best plus-6 rating in 10 games.
"That was a good experience I had last year," Drewiske said, "getting to know everybody and getting to play with a lot of different guys. That gave me a lot of confidence coming into camp. I don't think I had the greatest training camp, but I've settled in here since the start of the season, just trying to be reliable and simple."
It wasn't all sunshine for Quick on Friday. Coach Terry Murray requested a meeting with Quick after the goalie allowed four goals on 21 shots in the Kings' 5-4 overtime victory over Dallas on Thursday.
Murray reiterated that Quick is his No. 1 goalie, and said he intends to play him both Saturday (at Phoenix) and Sunday (at home against Columbus), but also singled out Quick for criticism.
"To me, when I watch the game unfold last night, I'm seeing a little bit of a lack of concentration only," Murray said. "I'm not going to get into the technical stuff. I'll leave that to the goaltending coach.
"But from the mental side of the game, the focus needs to be there. There is a responsibility with being the No. 1 goaltender. He clearly has to understand that. That sometimes has an effect on goaltenders, whenever they are given that label. It's a very big responsibility, but I want to just reassure him that we're looking for him to be just a goaltender. Go out and play the game the right way, keep your focus and give us an opportunity to win any game."
Quick didn't argue with Murray's assessment. The Kings led 4-1, but Quick allowed three third-period goals before Michal Handzus scored 55 seconds into overtime.
"We had a division rival down 4-1 in our barn and the third period, I look at it as kind of unacceptable," Quick said. "I really didn't play like I'm capable of, and I let them back in the game and they ended up getting one point out of it due to a couple weak goals on my part.
"So, I felt like I let the team down a little in the third period, but like I said, you can't stare at it too much. You have to have a short memory, forget about it and get ready for Phoenix."
WILLIAMS OUT, PARSE UP
Justin Williams, who missed Thursday's game with an undisclosed lower-body injury, did not practice Friday and is again doubtful for Saturday's game at Phoenix.
The Kings, on Friday, called up winger Scott Parse from Manchester of the American Hockey League. Parse leads the Monarchs in points (11) and assists (nine) this season, and likely will play left wing alongside Jarret Stoll and Teddy Purcell in his NHL debut on Saturday.
"You know, I didn't give him an opportunity to play in an exhibition game," Murray said, "and he went down there and got fired up, and he's kind of showing us that he deserves something better. He'll get into the game tomorrow."
It's been an interesting journey for Parse, a 2004 sixth-round pick of the Kings. Two years ago, Parse started in the AHL but got dropped to the ECHL for 18 games. Last season, he totaled 15 goals and 24 assists in 74 games with the Monarchs, then re-signed with the Kings for one year during the summer.
"(I'll) just do what I can. Help the team win and work hard and see what happens," Parse said. "I was skating with Teddy and Stolly today, so hopefully if we get a chance to score and make plays, we can do it."
Murray indicated that with Williams out, Wayne Simmonds will remain on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Ryan Smyth, while the line of Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov and Michal Handzus also will stay intact.