Now that a season is imminent, the Los Angeles Kings will be assembling a roster to defend their 2012 Stanley Cup title. Two big questions exist concerning the health of important players – number one center Anze Kopitar and Conn Smythe-winning netminder Jonathan Quick.
At the end of the summer, Quick had back surgery, and he is expected to get medical clearance to play early this week. This is timed well for the Kings, but they will have to manage his workload early on in the season to avoid further injury or fatigue, a problem he has had in the past.
For Kopitar, the outlook is less bright. Last week, he sustained a knee injury during a game he was playing in Sweden, and the full extent of the damage is unclear. ESPN.com’s Craig Custance reported here that Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said this would be a three week injury, but there wont be a definitive diagnosis until there is a full examination conducted by the team when he returns.
When camp opens in the next 7-10 days, we will learn more about Kings players’ health and what has gone on during the lockout.