January 28, 2010 2:21 pm

A Quick rest

If there’s one constant for the Kings, it’s the presence of Jonathan Quick on the ice. Every practice, every morning skate and almost every game, for that matter. Quick’s desire to work has been well-chronicled since he arrived with the Kings, and Terry Murray has half-joked about trying to keep Quick off the ice during optional skates in order to give him some rest.

So it was a mild surprise to not see Quick on the ice this morning, but Quick will be there tonight, against Columbus’ Steve Mason. This morning, Murray confirmed that Quick did skip the skate because of his own decision, not because Murray had him tied up in the trainers’ room or something…

MURRAY: “I’m glad he did (take the morning off). There’s lots of games and travel. We’re going to have back-to-backs coming up here. I’m not saying that he will be the goalie in both those games, but he’s just thinking ahead, and I’m glad he gets a day. The game in Toronto, that was a pretty demanding game for us. There was a lot of dot-to-board play, there were a lot of board battles and a lot of 1-on-1, 2-on-2 stuff. I was kind of thinking, yesterday, taking the day off and come back with a full morning skate today, but I felt it was important for all of us to come together and have a meeting and get through a light skate yesterday.”

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