The Los Angeles Kings have long considered starting goaltender Jonathan Quick one of their most valuable assets.
This season, though, they may have to play a significant chunk of the season without him.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Quick, who was injured in the team’s first game of the 2016-17 season, has opted not to undergo surgery and will be out indefinitely. Per the official report, the injury – which is being listed as a lower-body injury – could have been repaired with surgery, but the netminder opted for a procedure that did not include surgical intervention instead. No specifics were given regarding the alternative procedure or what Quick himself is ailing from.
Since getting drafted by the Kings in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the Connecticut-born netminder – who played NCAA hockey for the University of Massachusetts-Amherst before going pro – has become the team’s franchise starting netminder. Through the last seven years, Quick has played in more than 60 regular season games five times and more than 70 regular season games twice, winning the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy and earning the Vezina nomination twice as a finalist.
With that much reliance on Quick, the Kings have historically gone with a backup netminder expected to play in minimal games, though – which leaves the team with a tandem of Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj for the time being. Knowing now that Quick will be out for such a long term, it’s possible the club could look to add another netminder to their repertoire moving forward.