Kings' Robyn Regehr controls the puck during the first period of Game… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr was scheduled to undergo surgery on his arm on Monday, a surprise addition to the previously known list of players who were plagued by injuries during the team’s postseason journey.
It’s believed that Regehr’s elbow needed repair after the Kings’ five-game loss to Chicago in the Western Conference final.
Team captain Dustin Brown, who tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee during the San Jose series, said Monday he won’t need surgery but will need about four to six weeks’ rest. Defenseman Drew Doughty (ankle) and right wing Justin Williams (separated shoulder) acknowledged after the Kings were eliminated that they had been slowed by injuries for a while. In addition, Mike Richards and Jarret Stoll suffered concussions and others, including center Anze Kopitar, were banged up.
Brown said he wore a knee brace and will continue to wear one for stability. He said he was injured during Game 6 at San Jose while his knee hit the thigh of Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. It adversely affected him in several areas. “Power, push-off,” Brown said. “There was a lot of inflammation…. I still thought I could be effective in most areas of the game and find a way to contribute, but there were some limitations.”
Coach Darryl Sutter said more injuries might be revealed as players complete detailed medical examinations over the next few days. They’ve already undergone preliminary exams. Off-season strategy meetings between Sutter and players and between players and management will continue this week before everyone scatters for the summer.
Separately, the Kings have given other NHL teams permission to interview assistant coach John Stevens for head coaching vacancies. The Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers are each seeking a new head coach. Stevens, who guided the Kings’ defense and penalty killing, was the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from October 2006 until Dec. 4, 2009. He has worked on the Kings’ staff for three seasons.
“Hey, I think Johnny is a head coach. I think he was a head coach with us,” Sutter said.
Which meant Sutter was …
“Part of the staff,” he said. “I’ve always said that I don’t put myself … it’s not about a head coach and then … I think everybody has to share responsibility. That’s what good teams do. I’m not one of those guys that has to be the center of attention.
“Does Johnny Stevens want to be a head coach? Absolutely. That’s how I feel about him on our staff.”
Check back later for more on Sutter and the job he did this season.
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