"Sometimes he is too hard on himself to a fault," said Bill Ranford, the Kings goalie coach. "He understands the position very well and doesn't shy away from being his own worst critic."
"The biggest thing we talked about was getting away from making the athletic save first and instead trying to make the initial save in control," Ranford said
Quick's early-career weaknesses may be typical, but what wasn't is how Quick-ly (excuse the pun) he corrected his flaws.
"The biggest reason for his success is a lot of hard work on his part," says Ranford. "His game has really come a long way."
The list of his standout talents is long (and growing), but perhaps most impressive is Quick's athleticism and flexibility. If there were a skills competition for how fast a goalie can push laterally from point A to B, the big money would be on Quick to win.
Behind those rapid power pushes -- especially when already on his knees -- are extra-sharp skates and extra-strong legs.
Although Quick's toe-planting pushes are technically perfect, Ranford insists, "most of [Quick]'s power comes from pure leg strength"-- mostly resulting from dedicated off-ice weight training.
"Strengthening and stretching," his coach said, adding that, unlike yoga-practicing Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, "He's not a big yoga guy. He just works at it and all that athleticism is a big part of his game."
"He has just settled down off the ice," said Ranford. "He is more professional and has turned into a leader in our dressing room. He hates to lose and wants to win."
Kings fail to clear by inches Burrows turn around wrister
deflection from point shot off a draw late in the period
broken play that bounces nuks way wide open Hansen
Richards partially intercepts puck lands right to Phalson
Can't fault Quickie too much, a few lucky breaks for VC.
As I recall, Quick came up as sort of a "throw him out and see what happens" until Bernier was ready.
That was some people's take on it, definitely. But, I remember when Terry Murray kept him up the first year, he said that he wanted to keep him up the year before. So he, evidently thought he was good enough back then. That was vetoed by DL, who also did the same with Bernier, the next year. Probably the right decisions, looking at it now.