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NHL: Jonathan Quick could already leave the Blue Jackets

Veteran goaltender Jonathan Quick’s stint with the Columbus Blue Jackets may have been very short. According to information from Frank Seravalli de Daily Faceoffthe Vegas Golden Knights would have intense discussions with the Jackets to acquire Quick.Seravalli reports that the negotiations are already very advanced, but that wage obstacles will delay the finalization of the agreement.

On Tuesday night, the Kings cut ties with their longtime goaltender to acquire defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. They sent Quick along with 1st and 3rd round picks to Columbus.

Saravalli had also reported the “great dissatisfaction” of Quick, who did not wish to leave the only team for which he had played.

The 37-year-old American played his 743 games on the Bettman circuit in a Kings uniform. This season in 31 games, he has 11 wins and has a 3.50 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage.

A former 3rd round pick of the Kings in the 2005 draft, Quick began his NHL career in the 2007-2008 season. He won two Stanley Cups with Los Angeles, in 2012 and 2014.

As for the Golden Knights, the team is looking to solidify its options in net, while its two goaltenders Laurent Brossoit and Logan Thompson are currently on the sidelines. For now, Adin Hill and Michael Hutchinson are trying to keep the fort in front of the goal.

Thompson’s surprise outbreak this season, with 20 wins, a 2.66 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage, helped Vegas rise to the top of the Pacific Division. Despite the Golden Knights’ stellar performance recently, going 6-1-3 in its last 10 games, the race for the top is tight. The Kings have the same number of points as Vegas, while the Seattle Kraken and Edmonton Oilers are four points behind.

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