howard and quick's career numbers are remarkably similar but you wouldn't know that judging by all the quick hype
Gaa: 2.41....917 Sv%
Quick: GAA: 2.31.... 916 sv%
Howard: GAA 2.63... 915 sv%
Quick: GAA 2.12... 9.26 sv%
and quick's numbers are severely inflated by the cup run last year in which i think everyone can agree, it was waaaay more about the defense than him coming up with big saves. take last year out, and the numbers are even more similar.
Let's also not forget that howard was a huge reason why the wings made the playoffs in 09-10 when the wings were also struggling to score earlier on in the season simliar to what the kings problems were early on last year
at this point in time i'm not sure how someone can clearly say that quick has the "it" factor but howard does not.
Sure he's getting a lot of attention now that the Kings won the Cup, but most of it is warranted.
I'd take Quick over Howard and I like Howard. But Quick should've been an MVP candidate last season because he kept the Kings in game after game when they couldn't score. He had a tremendous season backstopping a team that could not get it together a lot of the time.
The Kings were very sound defensively come playoff time, but he absolutely made HUGE saves against the Canucks and St. Louis. He didn't have to be as brilliant as the playoffs went along and the Kings got even better.
I wouldn't say that Howard doesn't have it, but Quick certainly had it last season. To date, Quick has performed at a level that Howard hasn't reached. It's not to say that Jimmy won't someday, and there's always the question if Quick will be able to maintain that level of play.