In what came as a bit of a surprise late Saturday night, Jonathan Quick was taken off the injured reserve by Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. After missing the Kings' last 24 games with a groin strain, Quick was immediately inserted into the lineup to take on the Vancouver Canucks.
Prior to going down with the injury, Quick was 10-5-0 in 16 appearances and had posted a 2.35 goals-against average and middling .905 save percentage. The former Conn Smythe winner had been out of LA's lineup since injuring his groin in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Quick was actually supposed to get a rehab start with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate, before returning to the big club, but bad weather kept him in LA.
"I feel good. I think the next step is to get some game action," Quick told LA Kings Insider after practice Friday. "... So it's up to the coaches, trainers to decide when they want me to take that step."
Quick was scheduled to play over the weekend for Manchester in the American Hockey League, but bad weather scuttled those travel plans, and the Kings thought it best for him to return to Los Angeles to be closer by for a possible return.
Quick was one of the three goaltenders named to the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team on Jan. 1, despite the fact that he had not yet returned. Now he has a little over a month to find his game and push for the No. 1 job on Team USA, which currently seems to belong to Sabres goaltender