Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of a knee injury, needed a second procedure to correct problems related to his first surgery. He was missed by the Kings in return.
On Sunday Mitchell said he is ready to go full speed when training camp begins, and the Kings are expecting him to be ready as well, according to Helene Elliot of the L.A. Times.
Mitchell had posted a video of himself skating in El Segundo, using his twitter account, to show everyone not to count him out. Mitchell has said that Kings GM Dean Lombardi is as optimistic and excited as he is.
Kings center Jarret Stoll, who suffered a seizure on July 3 in his Hermosa Beach home and was taken to the hospital, returned home by the afternoon and was skating a few weeks later , is more than ready for the start of training camp.
Stoll visited numerous doctors in Seattle and says he has a 100% peace of mind, because doctors say everything looks normal. He says he is feeling good and healthy.
“I wish I have a little bit of an explanation,” Stoll told Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times on Wednesday. “Nothing really. Even with the concussion in the playoffs, I thought maybe those were connected. But they weren’t. That’s the good news, I guess.”
Stoll’s concussion came via Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks, during the second round of playoffs. Stoll ended up sitting out six games in the playoffs but returned for the series against Chicago.
Team captain Dustin Brown suffered a torn left knee ligament during the series with the Sharks, Brown’s knee did not require surgery but for now he will have to play with a knee brace.
"We just got done with testing and my left leg actually probably tested a little better," he said, comparing it to the right. "…I hate the brace but it's something I'll get used to, I think. I don't like anything on me." Brown told Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times.
Kings forward Justin Williams, suffered a separated shoulder during the playoffs, but did not require surgery.
"It just takes time to heal," he said. "Unfortunately, we don't have time to make it heal during playoffs, so you just wait. It was fine a few weeks after the season." Williams told Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times.
The players were still excited over the team adventure in the Colorado ranch of team owner Phil Anshutz.
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