Quick is the only Kings player on injured reserve. Quick hasn’t played or traveled with the team since suffering his grade two groin injury during the overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss at First Niagara Center against the Buffalo Sabres on November 12.
After the Kings concluded their game with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Quick, who had traveled, with the team for the four-game road-trip, traveled back with them. Originally, he was supposed to fly out of St. Louis via a weekend trip, and join the Manchester Monarchs to start his rehabilitation process. But there were complications with the travel plans, such as a change of planes.
Quick began taking steps to make his return by skating twice at the Toyota Sports Center while the team was in Eastern Canada about three weeks ago. When the team returned he also took some shots during practices. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN tweeted about the former Conn Smythe trophy winners return, “FYI Kings GM Dean Lombardi says Jonathan Quick remains on schedule to return first week of January.”
On Saturday the Kings traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the New York Rangers for a seventh round 2014 NHL Draft pick, opening up space in the salary cap for young forwards or the possibility of Quick being activated before the game on Saturday against the Canucks. Quick practiced with the team and left the ice with Martin Jones as Ben Scrivens stayed on for extra work. If Quick is unable to start then Jones will be the starting goaltender against the Canucks.
On January 1, it was also announced at the Winter Classic that Quick and Dustin Brown of the Kings are part of the US Men’s Hockey Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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 his 10-year, 58-million dollar contract.
The Kings return to STAPLES Center for a five-game homestand to take on the Canucks at 7:00 p.m.
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