Crawford, on the goalies

Here’s what Marc Crawford had to say today about the Kings’ goalies, or what’s left of them anyway:

(On the efforts of Jonathan Quick…)
“He’s a hard worker, and you start to see our guy sharpen up with their shooting because he works so hard. Whenever anybody works hard, there’s a byproduct that comes from it. The byproduct, hopefully, is sharpness for us. … Everybody is getting caught up in it now. We talked about the fact that we want to have more enthusiasm and we want to make sure that we’ve got team focus, so we’re trying to do things that are going to keep us having that as a focus. It’s doesn’t guarantee anything, but at the same time it’s a great way to be and I think the guys feel good about how hard they worked today. They feel good about the process from last night. We’ve got to keep building on that. We’ve got to stop the roller coaster that we’ve been having and get more on that high-end plane.”

(On LaBarbera’s recovery time…)
“For the goalie, it’s got to be comfort. You’re not as worried about him getting hit, although he did get hit on the injury. We’re hopeful that it’s going to be very quick. There’s no question in our minds that he’s going to do everything in his power to get back quickly. He’s a very industrious young man and he has a work ethic that’s really second to none in the goaltending position. I’ve been around a lot of great goaltenders and this guy works as hard as anybody. I think his teammates appreciate that and the medical people appreciate that as well. You love to have motivated people. Motivation is a big part of it.”

(On his plan with the goalies until LaBarbera returns…)
“J.S. is really excited about his opportunity. Nobody likes to see their opportunity come because of injury. We’ve been after J.S. to prepare and have great practice habits and be ready and all those sorts of things, to be ready for this type of happening. He’s had the ability to play in long spurts before. If you go back to Toronto, Toronto had Belfour and a couple other people, but J.S. got hot and they rode him. We would like nothing better than to have J.S. get hot and ride him. I like the attitude that Jonathan has come in with. It’s very noticeable how hard he works, and the byproduct of that is that your players try harder. When they see somebody working and battling and giving a second effort, like that kid is showing, they want to bury (shots) and it makes their sharpness that much better. So he’s doing his job right now. We’re telling him to stay prepared, because he could possibly get into a game as well.

“We’ve had a logjam of goaltenders here, with Cloutier, Ersberg and Quick coming in. Bernier was here at the start of the year, along with LaBarbera and Aubin. So we had six goaltenders and when you look at it, we only really had four spots. He had to start in the East Coast league and he played well there. He had a little bit of an injury in Manchester, when he got the call to go up there, but he’s healthy now. He’s made a rapid rise. It’s a nice story for the East Coast league, because it is a good developmental league. He’s gotten an opportunity, because of the number of injuries we’ve had in our system, and he has taken advantage of it and that’s what you want. You want the great attitude and you want somebody to take advantage. The game is simple. Just go out and work hard and present yourself in a good light. He’s doing that.”

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  • mike

    hey rich, do you think you can ask both lombardi and crawford to touch on the toughness of the team, besides ivanans. obviously teams aren’t scared to take jabs at our goalies. i’m not talking about just fighting, but getting in those scraps after the play in the corners and the front of the net. a fight here and there would be nice too, especially since they are known to “spark” the team. the kings are in last place in fights, with about six. pretty weak. not saying i want them to go out and kill people. but some angry emotion would be nice.

  • YouFeelShame

    “We would like nothing better than to have J.S. get hot and ride him.”- Crawford

    This may be the best thing Crawford has said in a long time!!

  • Anonymous

    I thought our toughness was pretty decent last night against Edmonton, although that may be because they’re almost as young as our team.

    I mean c’mon, Blake and Stuart were roughing folks up.

  • Eric K

    and brown apparently had 10 hits last night and leads the league by a comfortable margin. did i mention he is my favorite king to watch?

  • Aaron

    Hey Rich,

    Wayne Simmonds was traded today. Is there any way you can get Lombardi to comment on the trade and whether he feels this is a good move for Wayne’s development.

    Also if you could get an interview with the Kings Co-Directors of Scouting regarding the development of some of our prospects in Juniors I think that would help all us suffering Kings fans gain a little patience in this tumultuous time.

  • Josh

    I was at the game and blake was way more physical than he has been all season. if we can just keep that toughness for the remainder of the season…..

  • BallPointHammer

    Sounds like Jonathan Quick “gets it”. What he is doing – practicing hard, hustling, working to prepare himself and improve – is what all the players should be doing. And they shouldn’t have to be told or asked. Even though JQ is green as grass he is showing true leadership.

  • I HATE CRAWFORD REAL BAD

    Hey Rich, please suggest to Lombardi that maybe Burke is interested in trading Beauchemin to free up space for Niedermeyer. I know he’ll probably give you the usual ‘we’re pretty happy with our D right now’ crap, but I swear if this guy goes to somewhere else in the Pacific division, I’m gonna personally kick some ass. I’ll start with Anthony. thanks, bye.

  • I HATE CRAWFORD REAL BAD

    Hey Rich, please suggest to Lombardi that maybe Burke is interested in trading Beauchemin to free up space for Niedermeyer. I know he’ll probably give you the usual ‘we’re pretty happy with our D right now’ crap, but I swear if this guy goes to somewhere else in the Pacific division, I’m gonna personally kick some ass. I’ll start with Anthony. thanks, bye.

  • Tim

    Speaking of Brown, that was a stellar game by him last night; multiple big hits (even knocking the helmet off of an Oiler), taking a hit to make the outlet pass that led to Kopitar’s goal, putting on the jets to blow around a defender in the neutral zone, fighting to whack in a rebound for a goal in front, and finally that sick move between his own legs in OT. Dustin, stay healthy and keep doing what you’re doing, it’s a joy to watch.

  • Mark

    How about some love for Jaroslav Modry? With the personal issue that he has to deal with, his head has been in the game and he’s been quite a delight to watch this season.

  • Daniel

    Aaron,

    I can’t talk for the real DL but I think Wayne Simmonds will benefit from from playing in Sault Ste. Marie for two reasons:

    1) They are a first place team and developing skills and habits in a winning environment is always good for confidence:
    http://www.soogreyhounds.com/SSM_GreyHounds_Open_Page.aspx?ID=125&deptid=1

    2) His coach will be Craig Hartsburg, who, among other things, just happens to also be the coach of Canada’s World Junior’s Team:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Hartsburg

  • dogking

    Rich,

    Any idea who will occupy the nets tonight?

    To those guys defending the goaltending quandry: I don’t mean to be too harsh on the players, I believe that this teams’ problems reside (as they always have) with team management and ownership. The latter being the bigger of the two problems. However I can’t understand the way some of you continue to support our MINOR league goalies. You talk about the “pipeline” as if that is going to win tonight’s game. We’re going up against Bryz again tonight and I don’t see Aubin or Quick getting the better of this game.

    I’m thrilled that there are a few tenders coming up though the system, but I want to see Kings playoff hockey THIS year, I’ll think about the future of our goaltending when the future arrives. Until then Bernier or any other junior league player is meaningless to me, to us, and to the team.

    Perhaps applying some criticism to the organization will help them to understand that enough is enough. I was at Monday nights game and shelled out about $100. on top of the cost of tickets. Yes it’s entertaining, but I would also like to see results and a team that cares about at least competing and even more about winning.

  • Beavis

    no he didn’t some dork named dogking said… “We’re going up against Bryz again tonight and I don’t see Aubin or Quick getting the better of this game”

    Beavis said to the dog…who the f*ck are you, nostradamus with 4 legs?

  • Chazz

    Is it just me or did anyone else think Cammy scored in the shoot out?
    I was kind of pissed that they didn’t even review it, nor did the Jim and Bob replay it. It looked like top shelf to me. Wish I had DVR. If it was that could have changed the whole outcome

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