Are The Young Players Ready To Bear The Burden?
A little late to the part here it seems, but here’s part three of Gann’s interview with Terry Murray. Check it out!
LOS ANGELES — The 2008-09 Los Angeles Kings placed a heavy load of responsibility on a roster laden with young talent at key positions. Predictably, the results were somewhat mixed and Kings head coach Terry Murray talked about a few of his key, young players in a recent interview.
Starting on the upside, goaltender Jonathan Quick did not start the season with the Kings, but after being recalled on December 16, 2008 and then winning the starting goaltender job after Jason LaBarbera was sent packing to the Vancouver Canucks on December 30, he showed that he just might be the answer in goal that has, outside of Rogie Vachon and Mario Lessard, eluded the Kings for most of their existence.
Quick (photo at left) played in 44 games, earning a 21-18-2 record, a 2.48 goals-against average, a .914 save percentage and four shutouts—all impressive numbers on a team that ended the season three games below the .500 mark.
“I thought Jason played good for us, but at the end, I think he wishes he had played better for us,” said Murray. “That certainly was a comment he made to me as he was on his way to Vancouver [on the day he was traded]. We talked in the office. He certainly wanted to have contributed more and be a better player for the LA Kings and it just didn’t seem to work out. Unfortunately, that’s kind of the way things go sometimes.”