If you’ve never heard the words “minor” and “back surgery” used in the same sentence, then you’re not alone. Neither have I. But that’s just the case with Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Luckily, the procedure that Quick underwent on his back is actually minor and appears to be nothing to worry about. The surgery was to repair a disc fragment and to remove a cyst.
The recovery time for the surgery is six weeks of rehab, which should put him at full strength right around the time training camp is set to begin, if not a little bit into it. Of course, that’s assuming that training camps start on time, which is completely up in the air with the current NHL labor disputes.
Quick was the easy MVP of the postseason for the Kings, with his stellar play between the pipes keying them to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The argument could easily be made that he also deserved the Vezina Trophy, which would have been some serious hardware.
The news of the surgery comes just a couple of months after Quick signed a monster 10-year contract extension to remain in Hollywood past next year, when he was set to become a free agent.
Regardless, it’s doubtful that this is anything to worry about. We should see Jonathan Quick back between the pipes by the end of September and he should be at 100 percent by the time the Kings are ready to begin their Stanley Cup title defense in 2012-2013.