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Regal Rundown: Could Penguins and Kings swap goalies?

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Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings stretches prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on January 28, 2021 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

What does a front office change in Pittsburgh have to do with the Los Angeles Kings?

First, we’ll start with this: Ron Hextall, the new general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was vice president and assistant general manager of the Kings back in 2012, earning a Stanley Cup on the shoulders of Jonathan Quick’s Conn Symthe winning performance. If anyone is to believe that there’s still some gas left in Quick, Hextall is a pretty good candidate.

And as it turns out, Hextall is in the market for a goaltender. The team at least inquired with the Vegas Golden Knights about potentially re-acquiring 36-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury, who was taken in the 2017 Vegas expansion draft. Vegas, who sit first in the West Division, have little motivation to move Fleury.

The Kings, however, could certainly benefit from a swap. As Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic points out, a swap in net between the Penguins and Kings could be reached.

If Fleury isn’t currently available, and yet you believe you need a Fleury-like presence in goal, then you can imagine a scenario where the Penguins turn to Quick as an option. [...] Quick is 35 and has two years after this one remaining on a contract that pays him $5.8 million.

If the Kings were to retain half of that contract, and the Penguins were to offer up Casey DeSmith ($1.25 million cap hit) and other considerations to acquire Quick, that would be an avenue they might want to explore. The Penguins were pretty direct in their messaging this week: This year anyway, and maybe next year as well, they owe it to their fans and to their core group to push all the chips in, and stay competitive and see how things unfold.

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