Jonathan Quick led his Los Angeles Kings to the team's first-ever Stanley Cup triumph last season with a remarkable postseason performance that resulted in him winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
He started 69 games for the Kings last year because the team was struggling offensively for much of the season and needed his strong goaltending. It was the second most games he had ever started in a regular season.
Quick then played all 20 of the Kings' playoff games, bringing his games-played total to 89, 11 more than his previous career high. He had never played beyond the first round of the playoffs before last season, so going through a grueling four-round playoff run was unfamiliar to Quick.
Not only was that experience tiring mentally and physically, he also underwent back surgery in August. Craig Custance of ESPN has the latest update on Quick's situation:
Having some extra time off due to the lockout will benefit Quick tremendously because if he had to rush back from back surgery to start the season in net, that would have been a risky situation for the Kings.
For the Kings to avoid the "Stanley Cup hangover," they need a healthy Quick to start the year. The lockout has allowed Quick to recover from surgery and not miss a large portion of the season.