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Jonathan Quick Medically Cleared to Play

January 8th, 2013 at 9:12 PM
By Brandon Der Avanessian

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent a surgical procedure in August for an inflammatory cyst and a disc fragment in his back. With the NHL lockout finally over, and a season opening date set for Jan. 19, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Quick has finally received medical clearance to play.

Quick, who received clearance Monday, was supposed to be ready to start the season back in October. The lockout may have been a blessing in disguise for him, after it pushed the season opener back by over three months, giving Quick an extra opportunity to rest and recover.

Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier remains on the roster after trade rumors surfaced during the summer. Bernier has been a solid and reliable backup to Quick and has the potential to become a starting goaltender in the NHL, but with Quick clearly being the Kings' future in goal, he would likely have to be traded in order to get that chance. The 2013 season should be more of a grind with less days off in between games, as the NHL tries to squeeze a 48-game schedule in as a result of the lockout. The Kings' backup goaltender may see some extra ice time at the start of the season, providing Quick with additional rest as he tests his surgically repaired back and slowly works himself back into game shape. Bernier is likely in good form physically after playing in Germany during the work stoppage.

After being awarded the 2012 Conn Smythe trophy, given to the most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs, Quick signed a 10-year $58 million extension that will kick in at the start of the 2013-2014 season. He posted stellar numbers last season, going 35-21-13 with a 1.95 goals against average and .929 save percentage during the regular season, and 16-4 with a 1.41 GAA and .946 save percentage during the playoffs. He started all 20 of the Kings' playoff games on the way to winning their first Stanley Cup in team history.

Tags: Hockey, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL

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