Kings' Anze Kopitar to have ankle surgery
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: March 28, 2011 10:12 pm
Los Angeles Kings forward Azne Kopitar will reportedly undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments caused by a high ankle sprain suffered Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche.
Coach Terry Murray initially told reporters that Kopitar had a broken ankle that would keep the Kings’ top scorer out six weeks. (Here’s a look at the play where Kopitar was injured.) The diagnois apparently changed after an MRI Monday revealed more damage that will keep Kopitar off the ice until the middle of the summer, according Rich Hammond of lakingsinsider.com.
Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
"It's just going to be a good test for this young hockey club,” Murray told the website. "We'll be better when we come through it. There's no question about it. Guys are going to be in a higher situation, more important situation, and they'll grow immensely through this opportunity."
The Kings are already without Justin Williams, who could miss the rest of the season after he separated his shoulder a week ago. That leaves the Kings minus their two top scorers heading into the stretch run.
-- A.J. Perez
Photo: Associated Press