A couple of Kings-related notes as the hockey world waits to see whether Tuesday’s labor talks in New York will be yet another tease or will produce any significant progress:
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, winner of the Conn Smythe trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, will be assigned to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League this week as the next step in his recovery from postseason back surgery. General Manager Dean Lombardi confirmed on Monday that Quick will play for the Kings' top farm team, but Lombardi said he’s not sure whether Quick’s rehabilitation stint there will be limited to a specific number of games.
Although transactions are, in general, forbidden during the lockout this move is permitted because Quick’s injury and surgery were hockey-related and occurred before the NHL imposed the lockout on Sept. 15.
Also, team captain Dustin Brown confirmed on Monday that despite the scheduling of labor talks on Tuesday he’s still planning to leave Wednesday for Zurich, where he will play in the Swiss League during the lockout. He signed with the team last week.