Had the NHL season started on time, the Los Angeles Kings would be at a disadvantage. In addition to their Stanley Cup hangover, Conn Smythe-winning goaltender Jonathan Quick had off-season back injury and would not have been able to play last month had there been any hockey.
But now the time has come for Jonathan Quick to get back on the ice as he is set to begin a rehab stint with Los Angeles’ AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.
According to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, Quick will be in Machester only to rehab and work out and not to play in any games.
While NHL transactions are forbidden during a lockout, the move to send Quick to the work with the Monarchs was deemed acceptable as the 26-year-old netminder’s injury was hockey-related and being that he suffered it before the old CBA expired on September 15, there is no issue that would leave Quick unable to rehab with the team he played 35 regular season games with before becoming a full-time King during the 2008-09 campaign.
There is very little argument when it is suggested that Jonathan Quick was the team’s MVP during the 2011-12 season. During the regular season, Quick led the 29th-ranked offense in the league to an unlikely playoff berth while posting league bests 1.95 goals-against average and 20 shutouts en route to his first Vezina nomination. In the playoffs, Quick posted a .946 save-percentage while helping to accomplish an unprecedented elimination of the conference’s top three seeds before beating the New Jersey Devils in the Finals.
It’s unknown how long exactly Jonathan Quick’s rehab will last but should the NHL lockout be resolved within the next few weeks, then the Los Angeles Kings will be at an advantage. In addition to having enough time passed for their hangover to subside, their MVP netminder will be itching to get back between the pipes, good as new.