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Kings say Quick has Grade 2 groin strain (Updated)

Nov 14, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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The results of Jonathan Quick‘s MRI are in.

The Kings’ star goalie has suffered a Grade 2 groin strain, according to LA Kings Insider. The recovery plan is for Quick to begin rehabbing immediately, but there is no timetable for a possible return to action.

According to the Sports Injury Clinic, a Grade 2 strain is a “moderate” tear that can vary in severity — anywhere from 10 to 90 percent — which explains the difficulty in trying to pinpoint rehab time.

If there’s a positive here, it’s that Quick doesn’t have a history of groin issues, like many other NHL goalies. The 27-year-old has actually been remarkably healthy throughout his NHL career, appearing in 72 games during the 2009-10 season and 69 during the Cup-winning ’11-12 campaign.

Quick did undergo back surgery last year, but didn’t miss any significant action as the lockout provided him with additional recuperation time.

As for the immediate future, the Kings will roll with Ben Scrivens as their starting netminder. Scrivens will get his third start of the year tonight on Long Island, and could be in for a heavy workload as L.A. plays in New Jersey on Friday, New York (Rangers) on Sunday, then returns home for a three-games-in-five-nights stretch against Tampa Bay, New Jersey and Colorado.

Update: According to the LA Times, no surgery will be required. As for a recovery timetable, the Times reports that “the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks.”

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    wow, a grade 2 groin strain

    i fell out of my tree hut in grade 4, broke my arm, and it bothers me every time i try to play the slots

    what, the kings didn’t run Jonathan through some thorough bench mark pre-employment testing…?

  2. blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM


    This is going to be a challenge no doubt, as you can’t just lose the undisputed ‘best’ goaltender in the business today and expect there to be no hiccups. But ‘S’ happens man, as that’s just part of the deal. Nonetheless, the silver lining here is that Scrivens will now be afforded the opportunity to prove his mettle. And I for one am ‘completely’ convinced that he’s up to the task ! We’ll see friends, as we start our campaign in New York tonight against Wang’s team …

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    *** forensic evidence of why Quick is the ‘best’ of the best, bar none …

    • thailer35 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      Sorry blom, gotta call you on this. Quick has been know to be a little lacadasical and let in some soft goals.

      I too have some “forensic” evidence.

      • blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Thailer – I know friend, as Quick does have a bit of a ‘history’ in this regard eh ? But never forget that ‘greatness’ is often prone to such ‘supposed’ shortcomings … or the ‘balance of nature’ as I call it. Elvis could only play 3 x chords on the guitar with efficiency, Leonardo da Vinci couldn’t swim to save his own life, the Beatles apparently couldn’t read music and Tiger Woods thought it might be an idea to ‘get it on’ with some pancake hostess ! … and on and on it goes. I actually remember a Canuck’s game here back in circa ’75 when Tony ‘O’ let in a John Gould slap shot from over 150 feet away … and that was the year he set the record for most shutouts at 15 ! The bottom line is that Quick is ‘irreplaceable’ and so we’re going to be tested now for the next while, no two ways about it.

      • patthehockeyfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Okay, thailer. I’m not going to thumbs up nor down your comment (or your videos. At least they weren’t Elvis videos!). I know you were responding to blomfeld’s remark “undisputed ‘best’ goaltender.”

        Quickie has let a few stupid goals go by. Heck, more than a few. And, I think he’d be the first to admit it. He is still one of the best goaltenders in hockey. A team doesn’t win a Stanley Cup with an average goaltender.

        I hope he’s on the repair, and returns soon. The Western Conference is more competitive than I’ve seen in years. The Kings DEFINITELY need him.

      • blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        “At least they weren’t Elvis videos” ? …

        and to think friends that we wonder what’s wrong with our world today eh ? …

      • thailer35 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        I totally agree with you pat and blom that the Kings need Quick and he is the only goaltender on their roster that can keep them in the mix of the Western Conference. I just would disagree that Quick is the undisputed best goaltender in the world. He is incredibly talented and makes fantastic saves, but as I have said time and time again, his positioning is terrible. Look at that highlight real that blom posted and you’ll see he makes sprawling saves that are fun to watch, but I would argue that many other goalies would be positioned in a way that they would make saves in those same scenarios that would not require such fantastic effort and would look rather routine. Quick’s talent allows him to be – for lack of a better word – lazy about his positioning because he can make up for it with his pure athleticism. But athletecism makes you a great athlete, not necessarily a great goalie.

      • patthehockeyfan - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Good point, Thailer. I don’t disagree; but, a great athlete can make a great anything – including goaltender. Quick is one of the best ones out there. One of them. His athleticism makes him a great goaltender. Your point also caused me to remember a remark from a Pittsburgh friend during last year’s playoffs. He called Quick a magician. Maybe it’s all slight of hand :)

        Blomfeld – you’re one of a kind. People on these threads either love you or they really, really don’t love you. I haven’t made up my mind yet; but, I have to admire a person who continues to be himself no matter the criticism. As to the Elvis videos? I work at a CPA firm where one of the partners is the biggest Elvis fan ever. His office is a memorial to The King – with every Elvis tchotchke known to man displayed. I confess I added to his collection with Elvis nesting dolls (like Russian nesting dolls) that I picked up as a souvenir for him in St. Petersburg, Russia of all places.

        And not that you care, Blomfeld; but, you’d have me as a friend and fan for life if you posted Led Zeppelin videos instead.

        God speed, Jonathan Quick!

      • blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Could Pat the ‘hockey fan’ be good people ? …

        the answer friends is an ‘unequivocal’ yes !!! :) :) :)


        Pat – Thanks for your kindly remarks and please give my best regards to your Elvis-loving colleague … anyone who likes Elvis is a person of ‘quality’ in my books ! As for the internets and these haters and lovers etc ? As I see it friend, hate or ‘perceived’ hate is nothing more than love turned inside out, much like a reversible jacket. The true opposite of love is ‘indifference’ not hatred and therefore I’ve no problem with those who take exception to my posts. As for Led Zeppelin ? … like, are you kidding man ? Besides being one of my personal favorite rock bands, they’re also without a doubt one of the five ‘greatest’ rock bands of all time ! :)

        The 5 greatest rock bands ‘ever’ as per the Entertainment Desk @ Stern Magazine !

        1) The Beatles
        2) The Rolling Stones
        3) Led Zeppelin
        4) Nazareth
        5) AC/DC

        997) The Captain & Tennille
        998) Ovechkin
        999) Luongo and the Tweeters

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Rip it up – move it down to the ground
    Rip it up – cool down
    Rip it up – don’t hang it on the borderline

    Everybody have fun tonight
    Everybody have fun tonight
    Everybody Wang Chung tonight
    Everybody have fun tonight
    Everybody Wang Chung tonight
    Everybody have fun

    • blomfeld - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      In all seriousness friend, I do believe that Scrivens is up to the challenge and that we’re going do a real ‘number’ on Wang’s team tonight … God willing

  4. pirovash88 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Dang, this is really bad news for the Kings. Scrivens is going to have to come up big if we plan on competing in the already difficult Pacific Division.

  5. shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Anybody that’s seen Quick play a lot of games is probably surprised it took this long for him to injure his groin. He’s so incredibly flexible-when he’s coming across laterally and does the splits he has the five hole covered with his crotch.

    • areaman714 - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      I am sure he appreciates you noticing.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Maybe he just has huge balls.

  6. namriverrat69 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Hey Blom – You left the Moody Blues out of the top five. They got me through 2 1/2 years of Vietnam along with Hot Rats by Frank Zappa. It is an easy correction. The Beatles are for sure number 1. You can pick the one you want to replace. You are welcome to play the Blues anytime you want. Keep doing what you do young man.

    Scrivens has had two good games. I am hesitantly waiting for the shoe to drop. With a little luck maybe it won’t and this opportunity was just what Scrivens was waiting for to really prove himself. In interviews all he talks about is “Team”.

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