Interesting note here from Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford, per LA Kings Insider:
Ranford, on whether losing weight could potentially affect Jonathan Quick’s mechanics:
No, I think it’s just kind of an injury-prevention thing. We really want to control his weight, and as the season goes on, his weight tends to climb a little bit and it’s more about just maintaining it this year and keeping an eye on it.
A lot of it has to do with diet – once you get on the road and making sure that you’re eating smart.
Per LA Kings Insider, a “slimmer” Quick came into camp at 218 pounds, down from his usual playing weight of 220. For what it’s worth, last year only 10 NHL goalies were in the 220-and-over category and two of them, Tom McCollum and Martin Brodeur, barely played.
It’s not surprising the Kings are monitoring this situation, especially with regard to Quick’s health. He turns 30 in January, has appeared in over 400 career contests and is a real workhorse — last year, he matched a career-high with 72 games played, the second-most in the NHL.
If the Kings want to get back into the playoffs, they’ll need Quick to stay injury-free and off the operating table; he’s had two surgeries in the last three years, one for a herniated disc in his back and one to correct a wrist ligament issue.