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Kings’ Anze Kopitar suffers knee injury

Jan 5, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

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The NHL and union might come to an agreement that will lead to a Jan. 19 season opener, but Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar might not be ready for it.

Kopitar was playing for Mora of Sweden’s second division when he sustained a knee injury on Saturday, according to Pro Hockey Magazine’s Linus Hugosson.

“Got tangled up in the corner and it felt funny,” Kopitar told Hugosson. “Precautionary reasons to step off. Taking this seriously.”

The 25-year-old center estimated that he will need two-to-three weeks to recover. Given that the NHL campaign is likely to start in two weeks — if the season is saved at all — Kopitar’s status for the theoretical opener is now in doubt.

Kopitar’s agent, Pat Brisson, added that his client is in good spirits and the ailment “is nothing to be alarmed with,” according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott.

Before the lockout began, the NHLPA warned that players recovering from injuries sustained in Europe might get in trouble once the work stoppage ends.

“We expect that your NHL club would suspend you without pay until you are fit to play,” an NHLPA memo said.

For that reason, the union recommended that players choosing to play in Europe insure their NHL contracts.

  1. surfoside4life - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    damn

  2. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Get well kopi!

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Ouch and the seasons about to start. Such a good player.

  4. namriverrat69 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    There is nothing they will sign in the next few days that couldn’t have been signed 15 September 2012.
    I still have my doubts they will resolve the strike. My biggest concern in Jonathan Quick’s back.

  5. northstars17 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    LA kings fans have nothing to worry about as their injuries will be healed up before hockey ever starts!

    Do you really think its a coincident Quicky went through with a surgery like this when he was “set” to defend the cup?

    NHLPA and the league never planned on starting the season after December.

  6. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Plans change

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