Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kings' Quick Still on Target for March Return

Jonathan Quick is closer to making his return from a severe groin injury, but he's not quite there yet. The Kings No.1 netminder has been skating and practicing since late January, and L.A. Kings Insider Jon Rosen reports that King is taking on a heavier workload in those practices of late.

According to Rosen, Quick's target return date remains the first half of March. But head coach Daryl Sutter isn't about to rush his goalie back. For one, Peter Budaj has shouldered the load quite nicely. He's 26-19-3 with a 2.14 GAA and a .916 Save Percentage--way beyond expectations for a 34-year-old journeyman that had not played more than a single game in an NHL season since the 2013-14 campaign.

Secondly, Quick has had groin issues before, and he says that this time around the injury he suffered was even worse than the one that kept him out for two months in the 2013-14 season.

“We’re going to do it day-by-day in simulated games and see exactly where he’s at, and then I’ll say, ‘this is the game you’re playing,’ and that’s what we’ll do,” Sutter said, according to Rosen. “In terms of deadlines or any of that other stuff, that doesn’t involve him and I at all. That’s how we deal with that.”