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Jonathan Quick & Matt Moulson Share Playoff Thoughts

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to participate in a NHL Conference Call that included  Bryan Jennings (Executive VP of Marketing for the NHL), LA Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick and NY Islanders winger Matt Moulson.

Mr. Jennings started the call off by expressing how happy the league was with the ratings and both in Canada and the USA.  Canadian generated traffic is up by 14% on NHL.com. Their Twitter and Facebook platforms have been well received and keep the league in the public eye.  The product on the ice has been exceptional so far and that has driven the successes of the ice.

I asked Quick if there was any hope from his standpoint that San Jose would go on to capture the Cup. Would it offer any type of  satisfaction knowing that his Kings were eliminated by the eventual Champions?  Quick shot this idea down, stating that the Kings were eliminated by Vancouver last year and they would hate to see either team win as they have become rivals with both.  Quick added that he skates with Ted Purcell and Martin St. Louis in the off-season, so he was cheering for them to win.

I also asked Quick, from a goalie’s perspective, to rank the remaining goalies.  As I anticipated, he avoided the direct question and instead said something positive about each one.  He said Roberto Luongo had the pedigree of a gold medal winner and “you can’t ever count him out”.  He stated that Antti Niemi “could have played better against Detroit, but has the capability to steal any game”.  According to Quick, Tim Thomas “competes every game”. Quick grew up watching Thomas a lot, being from the New England area and “he was a pleasure to watch compete”.  He called Dwayne Roloson a “wily old vet who just knows how to win games”.

As for predictions, both Moulson and Quick leaned towards a Tampa Bay-San Jose final.

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