Our Dearest Cal,
Your emergence as an NHL-caliber goaltender is admittedly a bittersweet one.
While the “bitter” may have fans wondering about your comrade-in-goal Jonathan Quick and his future with the team, the “sweet” establishes your trajectory for the LA Kings’ No. 1 spot in between the pipes.
If this season was your test, if you will, it has been so far, so good. Nay, so far, so great!
Posting a 2.49 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage, you have not hesitated to show those who believe in you — and even those who doubt you — that you have what it takes to be a starting goaltender in this league, not just temporarily but long-term.
The only blemish to your numbers is a 2-4-1 record, which, in fairness, can be attributed more to your team’s lack of scoring than your athletic prowess.
You have taken the ball, and you are running to paydirt. The only thing left to do now is to just keep running.