The groin injury suffered by Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is expected to keep him out of the lineup at least until the final week of December, according to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.
It should not, however, affect his status with the United States Olympic team.
Even if Quick doesn't play a game between now and the time the United States reveals its roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics on New Year's Day, he should be one of the three goalies for the Americans listed by general manager David Poile and coach Dan Bylsma. It would be a mistake to leave Quick out solely because he'll miss several weeks recovering from a Grade-2 groin strain.
Binding rosters are due Feb. 11, the day before the Olympic hockey tournament starts. The United States doesn't play its first game in the Olympic tournament until two days after that meeting, which means Quick should have ample time to scour the rust off before departing for Sochi.