Los Angeles Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick will be heading to the Manchester Monarchs for a rehab assignment, per Jon Rosen of lakingsinsider.com. The games he will be playing are to be determined.
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times also reported in a article:
Lombardi said on Tuesday morning that a trip to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate is a strong possibility for his starting goaltender.
It is not a done deal, however.
There are several factors, including the Monarchs’ travel schedule and how Quick feels about the option.
Quick is the only Kings player on injured reserve. He skated twice at the Toyota Sports Center while the team was in Eastern Canada about two weeks ago. When the team returned he also took some shots during practices. Quick has traveled with the team for their four-game road trip this week. Quick hasn’t played or traveled with the team since suffering a grade two groin injury during the overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss at First Niagara Center against the Buffalo Sabres on November 12.
The estimated return of the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner is projected to be Christmas but there is no official date to when he will be activated. However Pierre LeBrun of ESPN tweeted “FYI Kings GM Dean Lombardi says Jonathan Quick remains on schedule to return first week of January.”
Quick has played 16 games, 10-5-0, with a Goals Against Average of 2.35 and a Save Percentage of .905. This is Quick’s first year playing in his10-year, 58-million dollar contract.
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