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Report: Jonathan Quick to “Skip” All-Star Weekend

The American-born netminder was named for a third time in his career.

NHL: New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

An interesting little tidbit about the All Star Game was revealed this morning:

An injured defenseman is being replaced by a forward and Jonathan Quick has decided to opt out of this weekend's festivities. There have been no indications that he was injured in the team's blowout loss to the Vancouver Canucks last night. He wasn't pulled until after he'd already been nailed for five goals against and uh didn't take that decision lightly.

In any case, if he does, in fact, skip All Star weekend, he'll automatically be suspended for one game, which would come on Tuesday the 30th at the Dallas Stars and would also mean that Darcy Kuemper starts that game. No one associated with the Kings have confirmed this news yet, so it remains to be seen if he changes his mind.

Starting Kuemper wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Los Angeles Kings. Quick has been very off his game lately and we here at Jewels suspect that his workload may be partly to blame. Who knows, maybe with Kuemper in net, the Kings might score first* instead of giving up a soft goal by an over aggressive goalie.

*Results not guaranteed: see San Jose Sharks game on 1/15/2018.

UPDATE 2:45 P.M. PT:

Per John Shannon of Sportsnet, Quick is expected to dress as the backup for tonight's game so I guess that means... Jack Campbell come on down??? TBD for Tuesday but it seems likely with Quick's impending suspension he'll get the recall as Jeff Zatkoff was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for “future considerations” a few days ago (not that he was actually playing in Ontario). We'll have more updates after General Manager Rob Blake speaks with the media prior to tonight's game.