Earlier in the post season defensemen’s Robyn Regehr and Willie Mitchell for the los Angeles Kings were out due to injury. Willie Mitchell, lower body injury had been out since Game 6 of the first round but has already returned to the line-up in the Chicago series. Robyn Regehr on the other hand barely took the ice for practice for the first time since his injury in the Anaheim series.
Matt Greene and Jeff Schultz had stepped in for the two key defensemen’s. The Kings clearly did great with them since they have made it to the Western Conference Finals. After Mitchell’s return Schultz has been scratched from the line-up.
On May 22 lakingsinsider.com reported from Darryl Sutter, “No, Robyn’s not skating. When Robyn’s ready to skate, he’ll skate,” Sutter said. “It’s a knee injury, and obviously he’ll make that decision. If he could play on one leg, he would, and he showed it to us last year in the playoffs, and I’ve seen enough in his career, our third time together, that if there was a way to skate, he’d be playing.”
Well on May 25 Regehr joined a small group of players during an optional skate at Toyota Sports Center. It was his first time on the ice since Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks where he suffered his injury.
On May 26 he also took the ice to skate during practice.
“It’s good. It’s given me a chance to rehab and maybe even get back in there,” Regehr said. “I’m cheering for them. I’ve got the pom-poms out here and it seems to be working so far.”
Regehr clarified that his injury it took place when he attempted to hit Devante Smith-Pelly near the benches; speculations were it was from a hit by Teemu Selanne.
The role change from being involved in the game and having the ability to go out there and contribute – whether it’s penalty killing, power play, defense – whatever it is. You feel a part of it, and then when you’re injured and you’re having to watch on TV, you’re not part of that at all. So it’s a completely different role reversal and it’s tough,” he said. “It’s really tough.”Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL