Jonathan Quick returned to practice with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday for the first time since surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee, and coach Willie Desjardins said the goalie could return soon.
“I can’t get you [an exact date] because every day it’s kind of a building thing, but we’re very happy with his progress,” Desjardins told L.A. Kings Insider in remarks published Friday. “We’re very happy with where he’s at. If there’s no setbacks, then I would expect to see him fairly soon in the lineup.”
After surgery Oct. 30, the Kings said Quick would be out 3-6 weeks (Saturday was almost four weeks). He has not played since making 19 saves in a 4-2 loss at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 23 and has missed 12 games.
The 32-year-old was 0-3-1 with a 4.55 goals-against average and .845 save percentage in four games. He missed five games with a lower-body injury sustained during practice Oct. 6.
After going through a full practice Friday, Quick worked out on his own for about 30 minutes following the morning skate Saturday, when Los Angeles goalie coach Bill Ranford and two players were taking shots at him.
A third-round pick (No. 72) in the 2005 NHL Draft, Quick is 293-198-57 in 560 games over 12 seasons with Los Angeles.
Veteran Peter Budaj and rookie Calvin Petersen are the Kings goalies. Jack Campbell, recalled by the Kings from Ontario of the American Hockey League, played 13 games before sustaining a meniscus tear in a 1-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Nov. 10.
NHL.com correspondent Dan Greenspan contributed to this report