Kings’ Jonathan Quick expected to miss three months
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick looks set to miss three months after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his injured groin.
Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reported that Quick opted not to have surgery on the injury, instead trying a procedure to strengthen a tendon in the affected area on Tuesday. InGoal sources have since indicated that Quick may have missed the remainder of the season had he gone under the knife, which goes someway to explaining the decision.
The 30-year-old was hurt late in the first period of the Kings’ recent loss to San Jose after he appeared to lose an edge while trying to slide across his crease. Reports suggest he may have suffered a similar injury to that which he sustained against Buffalo in 2013, missing two months of action as a result of a groin strain.
Quick was swiftly placed on the injured reserve last week, leaving Jeff Zatkoff and veteran Peter Budaj to man the Kings crease in the interim – something which hasn’t have panned out as well as the club would have been hoping as Los Angeles followed the defeat to San Jose with a 4-2 loss on home ice against Philadelphia and a 6-3 loss in Minnesota.
Earlier this week Kings goaltending coach Bill Randford suggested both goaltenders would get a chance to impress during the coming weeks, with the organisation signing Jonah Imoo to a 25-game PTO in the AHL in order to cover for Budaj’s ‘absence’.
The decision to bring Imoo in to the fold may also be a loose indication of how long Los Angeles are willing to give Budaj and Zatkoff, with the 22-year-old joining Jack Campbell on the Ontario Reign roster at least in the interim.
This hasn’t stopped a number of rumours from forming however, with speculation that the Kings might explore trade options if Zatkoff and/or Budaj cannot give them a sufficient level of goaltending to remain competitive in an improving Pacific Division.