Kings trade Quick to Blue Jackets in blockbuster for Korpisalo, Gavrikov

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen discusses his plans for newly acquired goalie Jonathan Quick ahead of the deadline, and discusses how hard it was to deal Joonas Korpisalo. Courtesy: Columbus Blue Jackets

The Los Angeles Kings have traded franchise-icon Jonathan Quick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a package that includes goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and defenceman Vladislav Gavrikov.

The Kings are also sending a conditional first-round pick in 2023 and a third-round pick in 2024 to the Blue Jackets in the trade.

The Blue Jackets get a first-rounder if the Kings qualify for the playoffs this year. If not, the Blue Jackets get a pair of second-round picks in 2023 and 2024.

“Jonathan Quick is a two-time Stanley Cup winner who has been an outstanding goaltender in our league for a long time and this deal provides us with draft capital that will be valuable as we move forward as an organization,” Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. “It’s never easy to trade players like Vladislav Gavrikov and Joonas Korpisalo as they have been exceptional Blue Jackets but given our current position these moves were in our club’s best interest. They are wonderful individuals, and we will always appreciate the contributions they made while they were here.”

Quick, who won two Stanley Cups with the Kings in 2012 and 2014, is in the final year of his contract and carries a $5.8-million cap hit. His 16-year career with the Kings included two Jennings trophies and the Conn Smythe trophy in 2012, as well as two seasons where he was a finalist for the Vezina. He is the Kings’ all-time leader in most goaltending categories, including games played (743), wins (370) and shutouts (57).

However, the 37-year-old Quick has seen his numbers drop in recent years and the Kings — who are competing for first place in the Western Conference — chose to upgrade in net, giving goalie Pheonix Copley a younger tandem partner in Korpisalo.

Quick backed Copley up during Tuesday’s 6-5 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The Kings thanked Quick for his time with the team in a tweet on Wednesday.

Korpisalo has split netminding duties with Elvis Merzlikins for a Blue Jackets team near the bottom of the standings this season.

The native of Pori, Finland, is 10-11-3 with 3.06 goals-against average and .914 save percentage this season. He was held out of the Blue Jackets’ win over Buffalo on Tuesday for “trade-related reasons.”

Korpisalo is on a one-year, $1.3-million contract this season.

Gavrikov, 27, has been kept out of the Blue Jackets lineup since Feb. 14, also for “trade-related reasons.”

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The six-foot-three, 221-pound defender averages more than 20 minutes of ice time per game and kills penalties. 

The Russian had a spike in offence to 33 points last season, but that is not the primary strength of his game, nor what he was acquired to add. Gavrikov led Columbus in shorthanded ice time per game, isn’t afraid to block shots and tends to do well getting in the right lanes. He’s the classic type of defenceman teams crave for their bottom pair (at least) heading toward and into the playoffs.

Gavrikov carries a $2.8-million cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Quick’s trade comes after the Chicago Blackhawks went through a similar breakup with an all-time great, moving Patrick Kane to the New York Rangers. Kane and Quick were teammates on the United States Olympic team which won the silver medal in 2010. The game — in which Sidney Crosby scored the golden goal for Canada — was 13 years ago Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets visit the Kings on March 16.

March 1, 2023 - 8:27 am ET
cls Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Jonathan Quick
  • Conditional first round pick 2023
  • Third round pick 2024
la Los Angeles Kings
  • Vladislav Gavrikov
  • Joonas Korpisalo
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