Lombardi talks about Quick

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During practice today, Dean Lombardi talked extensively about rookie goalie Jonathan Quick, including Quick’s development over the past couple years, where his game is right now and the possibility that Quick could stick around for the long term. In the first part, Lombardi talks about Quick’s first year in the organization, in which he had to overcome a couple problems. Click below for the rest of the interview…

LOMBARDI: “He showed up late for practice a couple times, and that had to be dealt with. That wasn’t pretty. Then he worked his way back, and then he was a big part when that Manchester team last year was six points out of a playoff spot. They went on that run and he was a big part of carrying that team. That whole team played well, but he was a big part of it. It’s the not the first time. Nabokov had to do a little stint there. It’s not unusual. If you go back in history, guys have had to do little stints down there. The East Coast league is for goalies and tough guys. You can find guys like that down there.”

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Question: What went into the decision to chose Quick over Jonathan Bernier when Ersberg got hurt?

LOMBARDI: “The reports I got from both, from Hex and Billy Ranford and the coaches, said they were really close, with a slight edge to (Quick). The overriding thing was seniority. He had paid his dues. If it’s even, he’s been a pro longer, and with what he did in Manchester last year… I know that in today’s society, seniority doesn’t matter, but we kind of said that it does.”

Question: He was here pretty late in training camp. Was he close to making it?

LOMBARDI: “For a goalie, I’d like to see two years (in the minors). He’s OK now, but in the back of my mind he was never really close. We came right into camp and said Barbs (Jason LaBarbera) was our No. 1 guy. Part of that was because we thought these guys have to do some time in order to be properly ready. So he would be a half-year ahead if he were to stay here now, which isn’t too bad, but we’ll see. It’s still early.”

Question: Are you inclined to let him run with this thing for as long as he can?

LOMBARDI: “Well, with where his game is at right now, and if he’s showing he can handle it mentally… It’s like every kid out there. You monitor it day to day. I don’t care if it’s Lewis or Purcell or whoever. I don’t know. We’ll see. I thought he was pretty good last night. In the Columbus game, there weren’t a lot of tests, but there were a lot of tests last night that didn’t show up on the scoreboard.”

Question: How do you think he has grown mentally since the stuff in the ECHL?

LOMBARDI: “A pretty smart guy told me once that when it comes to goalies, you look for the swagger. Stop the puck, and swagger. If you want the technical side, you’ve got two Conn Smythe Trophy winners (Hextall and Ranford), so you should talk to them. Billy Ranford did a lot of work with him. We’ve got two goalies guys, because we have all these guys in the system and that’s a lot of work. They’re running from Ontario to the East Coast league. They’re running to Manchester and running to junior. It’s nice, because (Quick) has come up under Billy, and hopefully he will justify all the work he has put in with him. The thing with Quick is, athletically, he might be our best athlete, pure athlete. But when he was at UMass, he was so good that he never had to do the technical part. He did the little (Mike) Vernon things once in a while. Kind of like, `I dare you to shoot there,’ just so he could make it look good, because he could at that level. He carried that team, that UMass program. He basically carried them to the playoffs and everything. But then you get to this level, and you can’t be doing that stuff. You’ve got to combine his athleticism with tightening his holes, and that’s what Billy is working on. The irony is this. Here’s Billy teaching him, a guy who is athletic and likes the flair, to be much more calm and technical, and we all know how Billy was. Billy was a hell of an athlete, but he would be all over the place. So if you can combine Billy’s competitiveness — and same with Hexy — with the competitive side, you’ve got something.”

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  • anthony

    I wonder how Barbie feels now.
    Realizing that he’s no longer wanted on this team.
    Giggle, Giggle.

  • vq/lf

    fingers crossed that he doesn’t blow up any time soon.

  • vq/lf

    Probably like crap, Anthony. Thanks for a classy response. Jason is a great kid.

  • EAT THE RICH

    Some may be saying Quick is getting lucky, but I hope DL is the one really falling into a purple-patch of luck.
    Somehow he managed to round out a quite serviceable defense by acquiring O’D and Quincey in a very timely and serendipitous fashion. This deal falling through with Chicago, for whatever reason, may turn out to be another shining example of perfect timing on a failed deal.
    I really hope we don’t end up regretting that we didn’t get Khabs, but as long as we’re getting some great experience and promising play from the youth, we’re really on track.
    I’ve been believing for a few weeks or months that the team is capable of making the playoffs, but that home game on Friday really has me confused. It seems the team itself is SO hot and cold that there’s no real way to judge if we’ll be in the playoff picuture, even with stellar goaltending.
    I guess the villian in the big picture is turning out to be Labs, and I feel for him for this. I think new surroundings are what he needs and that if a team picks him up they’ll get a pretty damn good backup. Once clear of all this stress, Labs will probably settle down and have a few more years in either the NHL or AHL.
    But I’m glad that we’re at least A direction, and it appears to be continuing to be patient and let the kids play.
    If we do make the playoffs we’ll still have room to add some help.
    Good Deal Deano.

    http://worldhockeydaily.wordpress.com/2008/12/27/khabs-over-labs/

  • Quisp

    off-topic: who leads the Kings in game-winning goals?

    a) Dustin Brown
    b) Anze Kopitar
    c) Kyle Quincey
    d) Raitis Ivanans

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    Dustin Brown, with 3. But Ivanans and Quincey (and Handzus) have 2. Nobody else has more than 1.

  • EAT THE RICH

    Quisp,
    As a natural pessimist, i’m more wondering how many games (barring empty netters) we’ve lost by 1 goal.
    I’d almost suspect it’s about 95% of our losses.
    I’d really like to change that stat and bend it in our favor.

  • Steve in NH

    I agree with Dean. Bernier and Quick have played relatively equal for the Monarchs. This might be good for both of them as now Bernier will get the lion’s share of work in Manchester with nobody looking over his shoulder and Quick will get a serious look in L.A. Overall, this should be a win-win for both of them. Bernier looked sharp this weekend as the Monarchs won 3 straight.

    By the way, Brian Boyle is playing very well for the Monarchs and I don’t believe that he will remain down here much longer.

    Cheers,

    Steve

  • Duckhunter

    A little off subject, but a personal note; did anyone see the piece they did on Jonathan Blum between periods of the US and CZCK game being played right now. I watched that kid play personally for a few years. My best friends son played with him for a year, but mostly against him in club competition(roller hockey). I played against him in some pickup games, what a talent and what a good kid. I wish him luck and continued success.

  • James

    “I wonder how Barbie feels now. Realizing that he’s no longer wanted on this team. Giggle, Giggle.”?

    Gimme a break, man. It may be time for another “hobby”, seeing as how you’re taking pleasure in the failings of a man you’ve never met. It’s enough to say that Barbs is an inconsistent goalie who will never be an NHL starter…you don’t have to wallow in it.

  • EAT THE RICH

    Anthony-Season is officially re-opened.

  • Anonymous

    Duckhunter,

    I didn’t get to see the piece on Jon Blum but all I can say is I agree with you that he has talent. One of my friends is best friends with him and we played with him back when we were little kids. It’s cool knowing someone that is close to being in the NHL and he’s from Rancho Santa Margarita (in Orange County). Southern California hockey is getting huge and hopefully it will produce a lot more 1st rounders besides Blum.

  • jediknight329

    etr…

    i have officially stopped responding to mr. anthony. i will say that what goes around comes around. i believe in karma. as someone already stated above, i think its bad form to go after someone when they’re down.

    we all root for these players. not all of them will be gretzky’s, crosby’s, lemieux’s, patrick roy’s, marty brodeur’s, etc. we hope they do good and help the team. some don’t work out. my favorite player from the early 90′s until recently was blake – look how that turned out? my other favorite player was schneider. then he signed with the ducks – ouch that hurt!

    if a current player leaves the team. i wish them well, not harm. its just sad.

  • JonG

    Jediknight,

    I echo your sentiments about Kings players. As long as they give an honest effort and don’t put themselves above the team or the game, I’ll cheer for each and every one of them. I may believe some of them aren’t legitimate NHL’ers, but I still greatly respect their talents.

    I give it the beer test. If you ran into Player X in a bar, would you buy him a beer and thank him for being a King? I would do that with every current King and almost every past King. The only exceptions are Sean Avery, Jere Karalahti, and Roman Cechmanek. Not that Cechmanek seemed like a bad guy, it’s just that his play was so awful he couldn’t possibly have been trying very hard.

    I would even buy Craig Johnson a beer, but only a light beer. I would offer Rob Blake a beer, but I bet he would ask for a keg instead and then turn that down for someone else’s offer of Jagermeister.

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