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Los Angeles Kings Starting Goaltender Jonathan Quick to Travel Back with the Team

January 2nd, 2014 at 10:14 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Los Angeles Kings starting goaltender Jonathan Quick will be heading to the Manchester Monarchs for a rehab assignment. The games he will play are to be determined.

Jon Rosen of reports:

“Because of snowstorms that have delayed and canceled flights throughout much of the eastern part of the country, the plans for Jonathan Quick to begin a rehabilitation assignment with the Manchester Monarchs this weekend have been shelved, according to Assistant General Manager Rob Blake.”

After the Kings concluded their game with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Quick will travel back with them. Originally, he was supposed to fly out of St. Louis via a weekend trip, and join the Monarchs to start his rehabilitation process. But there were complications with the travel plans, such as a change of planes.

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.

Tags: Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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