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Jonathan Quick is medically cleared to play

Jan 8, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

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When Jonathan Quick underwent, in the Kings’ words, a “minor surgical procedure” for an inflammatory cyst and a disc fragment back in August, the expectation was that Quick would be available around the start of training camp.

Of course, they meant when training camp was originally supposed to begin. Still, with the lockout about to end, Quick has finally received medical clearance, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott.

The timing of his injury and recovery meant that Quick continued to receive payments on his $1.7 million annual salary during the work stoppage. Those paychecks will balloon in 2013-14 when his 10-year, $58 million deal kicks in.

Quick was, of course, a huge part of the Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning run and it would have been a serious challenge for them to live up to expectations through the first half of the season without him.

Then again, it would have been an opportunity for backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to show what he can do. As it is, the Bernier trade rumors should heat up again now that the season has been saved.

  1. cardsandbluesforever - Jan 8, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    And que blomfeld…..

    • thailer35 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      It really is too bad that we haven’t heard from blomfeld since the whole Joey ban incident. I would love to refute his comments about this.

      Anyway, I’m interested to see how this guy does next year. I always felt that he played well for the most part in the post season, but I also think he was over-hyped. He seems to always be scrambling to make saves because he’s out of position. Not to mention that goal he let Daymond Langkow score from center ice during the seires against the Coyotes last year.

      • manchestermiracle - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        You don’t need blomfeld to have your opinion of Quickie debunked. Allow me:

        “(H)e played well for the most part in the post season…” This one alone proves your analysis is faulty. For a guy who “seems to always be scrambling to make saves because he’s out of position” all Quick did was lead all goalies in wins, save %, GAA, and shut outs. And that was after spending the majority of the season keeping the Kings in the hunt until they figured out how to actually score goals. Your anti-Quick bias is aptly illustrated when you choose to remember one bad goal in the entire playoff run (in a game he won anyway) while conveniently ignoring the large number of times he stood on his head.

      • modcoop - Jan 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Let me guess, you live on the East Coast or in Canada, or are just a clueless hockey fan!

        “I always felt that he played well for the most part in the post season, but I also think he was over-hyped.”

        You must read The Hockey News and believe everything they write in that poor excuse for a credible hockey news source.

        You obviously didn’t watch the Kings during the regular season, nor the previous 2 seasons where Quick was their starter, and your opinion is typical of someone who knows absolutely nothing about Quick or the Kings.

        You are probably one of those Eastern Conference elitist who rely on some hockey fish wrap or the NHL Network for results and highlights of teams that exist out of your zip code!

        Just like those who vote for the Vezina, Quick gets ignored because most of the games he plays in start at 10:30 PM EST, way past your bedtime along with the coaches within the Eastern Conference.

        I guess being over-hyped as you claim means his making the US Olympic Hockey Team is because he is over-hyped.

        Hey genius Quick was the main reason the Kings made the playoffs during the past 3 years. When the Kings were being ruined by Terry Murray offensively, Quick had to make sure he allowed 2 goals against or less, otherwise the chances the Kings would win those games was dramatically reduced.

        The media were just as clueless when they kept claiming the Kings defense was one of the best in the NHL, which was partially true, but without Quick they would have been one of the worst defensive teams because Quick saved their asses most nights.

        Quick played lights out in the regular season, but you didn’t see that because you didn’t watch many Kings games.

        Quick does scramble, but that has nothing to do with being out of position, it has to do with his style of play.

        You really should get a book or DVD on goaltending because you know squat about the position. No goalie in the NHL is quicker going from post to post.

        Ask all of the teams in the NHL how great Quick is, because they can’t seem to score on him, so I guess he must be lucky according to your logic.

        Google Quick and fact check his record for the past 3 years over-hyped goalie.

        I guess all of his shutouts during the 11/12 season were also a fluke according to your logic.

        Finally, before you open your uneducated mouth about goaltending or Quick, get your facts straight! It was Derek Morris who scored the goal against Quick from center ice not Langkow.

        The goal Quick let in was a fluke, but it happens from time to time to all goalies. Ask Ryan Miller about Crosby scoring on him from behind the blue line in the olympics for Canada, or Brodeur about Matt Greene scoring on him for the 6th goal in game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. How about MA Fleury getting lit up for 6 goals on 23 shots against Philly during the playoffs.

  2. shortsxit34 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Lol, Quick is over hyped? That is literally the most ridiculous comment I’ve seen on this site.

    He led the league in virtually every category.
    He is the sole reason the Kings made the playoffs the past three seasons.
    No has better lateral movement than *any* other goalie in the NHL….by far

    I don’t know if it’s because you rarely see Quick play or it’s your bias as a Coyotes fan, but that comment is just so incredibly ridiculous

  3. fortwaynekomets - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    thank the lord!

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