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Quick to miss at least another month, says Kings GM

Nov 20, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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Jonathan Quick’s Grade 2 groin strain will reportedly keep him out until Christmas.

On Wednesday, Kings GM Dean Lombardi delivered the news to Sportsnet’s Fan 590, saying that his starting netminder will miss at least another month after injuring himself in a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Nov. 12.

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. The LA Times reported Quick wouldn’t require surgery and suggested “the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks,” regarding a return to action.

It appears the six week estimate was accurate.

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.

The other positive? The play of backup Ben Scrivens, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week. Scrivens is 5-1-1 this season with a 1.35 GAA and .949 save percentage and has more than capably filled in for Quick — who, as Brough wrote last week, wasn’t exactly lighting it up prior to getting hurt:

Here’s the thing: Quick hasn’t even been that good this season. His .905 save percentage is right down the near bottom of the regular-starters list. You could even argue the Kings had been winning in spite of the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient.

Related: No shutout for Scrivens, but Kings win again

  1. trbowman - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    He wasn’t strong in the regular season last year either. Quick turns it on like few I’ve seen in the playoffs though.

    • ron05342 - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      Got that right. Give him time. Scrivens sure is a pleasant surprise, although he let in a bad goal last night against TB.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    blame tony o, he popularized the butterfly…but tony was five eleven and moved like a cat going head first into a rubber boot

    these days, most goalies are awkward and over-sized specimens with little in the way of agility comparable to that seen in smaller, compact bodies; one rarely sees tall and lanky gymnasts for good reason

    with advent of huge goalie equipment and massive inflexible pads, butterflying and flopping goaltenders are all carrying groin strains of one degree or another; these caused by moments of force being moved into the thighs and hips by rigid pads

    gaping five holes are the best example of how pads have changed goalie posture

    so, the institutionalized lie promulgated to support need for huge equipment by goalies, comes back to get them where they live, at their bio-mechanical core

    design of goalie equipment has effectively been corrupted by an overriding need to cheat; form following dysfunction as it were

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