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LA Kings Likely without Jonathan Quick for Awhile

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It appears Johnathan Quick’s injury sustained in their season opening loss to the Sharks might cost him several months of the year.

Quick, who is dealing with an unspecified lower body injury incurred late in the first period of Wednesday’s game, was placed on waivers by Los Angeles on Friday.

While a timeline has yet to be determined, some reports are suggesting it’s months–not weeks away.

Bad news for the Kings.

Quick has made 65 or more appearances in five of his last six full seasons (made 37 appearances in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season). He missed time in 2013-14 with a Grade 2 groin strain–which paved the way for the Martin Jones arrival to the NHL. The present backup duo of Jeff Zatkoff and recently-recalled Peter Budaj are not Martin Jones and Kings’ GM, Dean Lombardi has to be making some calls.

The recovery time, while long, doesn’t appear to season-ending. Meaning any kind of move is more likely to be for an inexpensive return. The ideal candidate: veteran goalie with starting experience and a flexible contract.

Enter Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec, who $3.9 million was waived by the Jets on Monday, has struggled in recent seasons–flirting with mediocre save percentages and a GAA north of 2.70. But, he does boast long stretches as a starter–doing so in the seven prior seasons with the organization before losing his job to the pair of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson this season. He’s also an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

The Jets would happily part ways with an NHL salary in the minors and the acquisition price will reflect that.

 

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