2023-03-01 · 2 min read · NHL/Hockey
LA Kings Acquire Vladislav Gavrikov

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Long-time Los Angeles King netminder Jonathan Quick has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Vladislav Gavrikov and Joonas Korpisalo this morning. Blue Jackets also received a conditional 2023 first round pick and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft. Quick has not played to his usual standard this season as he sports a 11-13-4 record with a 3.50 goals-against average, .876 save percentage and one shutout in 31 games (27 starts) this season; his worst numbers since the 07-08 season. The 37-year-old goalie is in the final season of a 10-year contract he signed with the Kings on July 1, 2012 and is an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Selected by the Kings in the third round (No. 72) of the 2005 NHL Draft, Quick is 370-275-82 with a 2.46 GAA, .911 save percentage and 57 shutouts in 743 regular-season games (731 starts). He is also 49-43 with a 2.31 GAA, .921 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 92 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Kings win the Cup in 2012 and 2014. The 37-year-old was awarded the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP in 2012 when he had what many people called one of the best playoff runs by goalie in NHL history; In 20 games he went 16-4 with a 1.41 GAA, .956 save percentage and three shutouts. Whether or not Quick plays for the Blue Jackets remains to be seen, as he is reportedly unhappy with the move.
Going the other way Gavrikov was wont of the biggest fish left in the trade pool. The 27 year old has registered only 10 points in 52 games this season, but has supplied a steady defensive presence for the bottom feeding Blue Jackets while averaging a career-high 22:20 of average ice time per night. Gavrikov was taken by Columbus in the sixth round (No. 159) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Gavrikov has 73 points (15 goals, 58 assists) in 256 regular-season games, and three points (one goal, two assists) in 12 playoff games. Gavrikov will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Korpisalo, 28, is 11-11-3 with a 3.17 GAA and .913 save percentage in 28 games (26 starts) this season. He signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets on May 20 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (No. 62) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Korpisalo is 87-78-24 with a 3.06 GAA, .903 save percentage and three shutouts in 210 regular-season games (190 starts), and 3-5 with a 1.90 GAA, .941 save percentage and two shutouts in nine playoff games.
If the Kings qualify for the playoffs, the Blue Jackets will receive the 2023 first-round pick, but if Los Angeles fails to reach the postseason, Columbus will instead acquire Los Angeles' second-round picks in both the 2023 and 2024 NHL Drafts. The Kings (34-20-8) are tied for first in the Pacific Division with the Vegas Golden Knights, who have played two fewer games.
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