Playing through pain

There can be debate about some players, but it seems to be generally accepted that Kyle Quincey has been one of the Kings’ strongest defensemen this season. Quincey has four goals and 34 assists in 72 games entering tonight, which is all the more impressive considering that he’s been playing with back pain. Quincey, most likely, is going to require offseason surgery to correct what I believe is a herniated disc. Here’s what Terry Murray said about Quincey’s effort this season…

MURRAY: “OUr training staff does a great job of keeping an eye on, and watching, the players. When he came here, it was something we knew was going to have to be taken care of eventually. The doctors, each time they talk about it, everything is status quo. There is an issue and it will be addressed, but there is no further risk to his back by him playing. He had a follow-up meeting and conversation with the doctors and they reassured him in that area. But we do know that the operation will take place at some point. He’s been doing a wonderful job playing through it. Sometimes he feels nothing, and sometimes he feels a lack of strength in the back and the legs. He has done a great job of playing through it.”

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