Kings center Anze Kopitar injured his right knee Saturday while playing for Mora IK of Sweden’s Allsvenskan hockey league but preliminary indications were that it’s not serious and is not likely to keep him out for more than two to three weeks.
“It’s nothing to be alarmed with,” Kopitar’s agent, Pat Brisson, said by phone.
Brisson said more would be known after Kopitar undergoes tests in the next day or two. Brisson said he had spoken to Kopitar, whom he described as “in good spirits” and not fearful that the injury would prove to be long term.
“It’s very minor,” Brisson said. “Whether that means a week, two weeks or 10 days, I don’t know.”
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi also said via email that it was correct to estimate a recovery time of two to three weeks for Kopitar.
There soon might be NHL games for Kopitar to sit out -- or to play.
Delegations representing the league and the players’ association sat together for talks Saturday after spending the previous two days meeting separately and speaking through a federal mediator. The mediator, Scot L. Beckenbaugh, was again involved Saturday after shuttling back and forth between them Friday. Sources familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly said progress was slowly being made but there were still issues to be resolved, including the still-contentious terms of the league’s liability for players' pensions.