A couple of Kings-related notes as the hockey world waits to see whether Tuesdays 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 hes not sure whether Quicks 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 Quicks 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 hes still planning to leave Wed...