Joined: May 2016
The part of this that upsets me is that the Kings didn't have to include Quick at all. Unless there's another trade in the works for the Kings where they need additional cap space, Quick could have finished out the season as a healthy scratch and retired a King.
They had roughly $3.5M in deadline cap space before the trade, and Gavrikov and Korpisalo have a combined hit of $4.1M. Literally throw in any other NHL contract (e.g. Grundstrom, Lemieux) and the Kings are cap compliant. Starting Friday, the 23-man roster limit no longer applies. Send one of the waiver exempt guys (e.g. Bjornfot or Kupari) down to Ontario for a couple days, then recall them with one of the four post-deadline recalls on Friday, and all is kosher.
I'll wait and see what happens in the coming days and reserve my final judgement until then, but in the meantime, this treatment of Quick seems like an unnecessary kick to the Gavrikovs.