Feb 16, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
“He just didn’t feel good,” Slovenia head coach and Anze’s father, Matjaz Kopitar, told the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott. “Something with the stomach. He was without the power. Hopefully he’s going to be better.”
While the news that Anze Kopitar’s problem appears to be nothing more serious than an illness is a relief for the Kings under the circumstances, it remains to be seen what this means for him in the short-term.
Kopitar logged a game-high 26:50 minutes during Slovenia’s stunning 3-1 victory over Slovakia on Saturday. That win allowed them to take eighth place in the rankings, which presents them with a match against Austria on Tuesday.
That’s a contest the Slovenians have a real chance of winning, but they will have a tough time adding another chapter to this Cinderella Story if their only NHL player is on the sidelines.
Update: Kopitar visited the hospital due to his disease, but he feels better now and expects to play on Tuesday, reports the IIHF.
- Eller, Habs agree to four-year, $14 million contract 9
- Cory Sarich hospitalized following cycling accident, expects ‘full recovery’ 6
- Stamkos shrugs off talk of LeBron-like homecoming to Toronto in 2016 26
- Avs and O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, but questions remain 42
- Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal 38
- Zuccarello takes Rangers’ one year, $3.5M deal 42
- Advancement? Leafs sign Booth for one year, $1.1M 25
- Leafs hire 28-year-old stats advocate as assistant GM 30
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 69
- Stars, Roussel agree on four-year, $8 million deal 3
- Babcock fires back over allegations that free agents avoid him (77)
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 (69)
- Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation (61)
- Lucic regrets handshake-line actions, but isn’t apologizing (58)
- Report: O’Reilly wants $6.7M deal, Avs counter at $5.5M (58)