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Quick undergoes surgery, needs at least six weeks to recover

Aug 9, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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According to LA Kings Insider, Jonathan Quick has undergone a “minor” back surgery for an inflammatory cyst and a disc fragment.

He’ll need at least six weeks to recover, although Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall still thinks that Quick should be ready “sometime around” training camp.

Of course, that’s working under the assumption that training camp will start on time.

It was initially recommend that Quick undergo therapy to deal with his back issue, but Hextall said that his recovery “wasn’t coming along quite like we hoped, so the next step was to go this route.”

Quick’s contributions were absolutely vital to the Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning run. He captured the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 1.41 GAA and .946 save percentage in 20 playoff starts.

It will be interesting to see if the Kings still opt to trade backup netminder Jonathan Bernier over the summer. Bernier would like to be traded after Quick got a 10-year contract extension.

It seems likely that Bernier will be dealt eventually, but they might decide to go into training camp with him as an insurance policy in case Quick encounters some kind of complication.

  1. rushledger - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    They didn’t want to trade Bernier before they will feel more so on their stance until Quick is back. One of the rare times the Conn Smythe winner required surgery that same summer.

  2. namriverrat69 - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    This is just now coming to light?

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 10, 2012 at 3:49 AM

      this is not a good sign at all. hasnt even begun his 10 year contract and already needs back surgery? the kings would be fools to trade brenier now.
      disc fragment. means his back is already breaking down. next problem will be something along the lines of a bulging, inflamed or ruptured disc, none of which will be problems that a goalie can come back from.

  3. Stiller43 - Aug 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    “minor” back surgery? Is there such a thing?

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 9, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Nope there is not

  5. xdatsyukx13 - Aug 9, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    minor back surgery my ass. this is pretty big for the kings

  6. blomfeld - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    Mend your hurts friend …

    I’ve just come home after playing an absolutely “lousy” round of golf today and now I’m apprised of this troubling news ? Suffice it to say friends, that my mood this evening is of a somewhat “somber” bouquet. Hopefully and God willing however, Jonathan will be okay and he’ll be ready to take his place in the line again when the actions starts anew ? We need Jonathan more than any other player on our team. Get well soon friend …

    • namriverrat69 - Aug 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Elvis is great Mr. Blomfeld but I personally like Gordon Lightfoot’s version a whole lot better. To each his own. This whole Quick thing makes me nervous. I had a triple fusion in my neck due to 2 herniated discs along with a herniated disc at L5-S1, stenosis, bone spurs and arthritis. I’m no spring chicken obviously. I am in constant severe pain 24/7. It ain’t no picnic. If not for my beloved, supportive wife my life would be miserable. She gives me reason to get out of bed and enjoy life the best I can. I wish that for everyone in whatever relationship then end up in. 20 years together and still madly in love.

      Oh yes, we were talking about the Jonathan Quick. It makes one ask, did he have this condition when he signed the long contract. I love Quickie but the Kings should keep Bernier this season and spell Quick more, even if just to bolster the value of Bernier on the trading block.

      • blomfeld - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        “I wish that for everyone in whatever relationship then end up in” …

        Namriverrat – It may be friend, that no kinder or more decent words have ever been spoken here at PHT ? God bless you and your wife and may it be that your hurts are “looked into” by the good Lord’s mechanics.

        You’re completely justified with your concerns about Quick’s injury, as anything related to the back or spinal nervous system is always cause for alarm. And like you, the “timing” of this is something which has me wondering too ? Hopefully it’s just a minor issue and he’ll be ready before long to take his place back in the line. If not, then it’ll fall on Bernier’s shoulders to see us through. I know that we have another superstar “in the making” with Bernier and so that doesn’t concern nearly me as much as what the extent of Quick’s injury may be ? … I guess we’ll see in time though, eh ? Anyway, the bottom line is that Bernier’s going nowhere now and therefore we LA Kings will retain the undisputed “top” 1-2 goalie tandem in hockey today, for at least another year …

        ps: with back injuries as with most injuries, the key to healing is improved blood circulation, gained by always doing as much cardiovascular activity as possible, regardless of one’s age, weight, fitness level, etc … and of course an “excellent” attitude like yours doesn’t hurt either ! :)

  7. mclovinhockey - Aug 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Let’s hope for a.. Quick… Recovery

  8. jimeejohnson - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    You gotta love it: come to a hockey blog and get some classic music video. Thanks.

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