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Quick Out Indefinitely

It is being reported that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is out indefinitely. Quick had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Quick missed five games early in the season, returned but then was placed on injured reserve this past weekend.

This is the second time in the last three seasons that Quick will be lost to injury for a lengthy period. In 2016 Quick missed 55 games due to a groin injury and by the time he came back in early March 2017 the Kings missed the playoffs.

Now the Kings will have to again go without Quick, but the season is already precarious as the Kings are the 31st team among all 31 teams in the NHL standings.

Now, the Kings will have to again go without Quick. But the season is already precarious, with the Kings sitting in dead last in the NHL standings.

LA Kings backup goalie conundrum 

In place of Quick has been backup Jack Campbell. No one is going to confuse Campbell with Quick, and though he has performed admirably, the Kings have struggled with him in the net.

Campbell is 3-4-0 with a 2.72 goals against average and .912 save percentage this season. He will have to be better if the Kings want to turn their season around.

Losing Quick again to injury is a sobering reminder to the Kings that their window for being a contender might be closing.

Quick has played 580 games in his Kings career. That is a lot of wear and tear on his body that has dealt with numerous injuries.

As the best goaltender in Kings history, Quick has sacrificed his body to turn the Kings into a perennial Stanley Cup contender. After playing in 68 and 72 games, Quick has averaged 40 games over the last two seasons. All the recent injuries may be the toll for Quick’s overuse.

If Quick is going to continually break down, it may be time the Kings consider their future without Quick. The Kings have made a concerted effort in recent years to create depth within their system at the goaltender position.

Along with turning Campbell around in a reclamation project, the Kings signed Notre Dame free agent Cal Petersen, who some think is the likeliest candidate to replace Quick.

Without Quick, however, the Kings lose the backbone to their defense. If they are going to turn this season around, Campbell and company will have to step up their game in his absence.

In place of Quick has been backup Jack Campbell. No one is going to confuse Campbell with Quick and though he has performed admirably the Kings have struggled with him in the net.

Campbell isĀ 3-4-0 with a 2.72 goals against average and .912 save percentage this season, he’ll have to be better if the Kings want to turn their season around.

What do the Kings do now?

Losing Quick again to injury is a sobering reminder to the Kings that their window for being a contender might be closing. Quick has played 580 games in his Kings career, that’s a lot of wear and tear on his body that has dealt with numerous injuries.

As the best goaltender in Kings history Quick has sacrificed his body to turn the Kings into a perennial Stanley Cup contender. After playing in 68 and 72 games Quick has averaged 40 games over the last two seasons. All the recent injuries may be the toll for Quick’s overuse.

If Quick is going to continually break down it may be time the Kings consider their future without Quick. The Kings have made a concerted effort in recent years to create depth within their system at the goaltender position.

Along with turning Campbell around in a reclamation project, the Kings signed Notre Dame free agent Cal Petersen who some think is the likeliest candidate to replace Quick.

Without Quick the Kings lose the backbone to their defense, if they are going to turn this season around they’ll have to step up their game.

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