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Regal Rundown: Jeff Carter had core muscle surgery

The Kings forward is expected to be back for the start of next season, whenever that is.

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Lots of news today, so let’s get right to it.

  • The Kings reported that Jeff Carter had surgery for a core muscle injury last Thursday. The injury was sustained on Feb. 18 against Winnipeg, and Carter missed the last 10 games of the season (including the seven-game win streak) before the NHL shut down. Carter is beginning his rehab right now and is expected to be healthy for the start of the next season, whenever that is. Hopefully, even if the NHL elects to cancel the 2020 postseason and move directly ahead with the the 2020-21 season, Carter will still be ready for that timeline.
  • One compelling reason for the NHL to consider canceling the 2020 postseason? The border between Canada and the United States will remain closed through the end of July. Six of the playoff teams in the NHL’s Return To Play plan are from Canada, and this would severely complicate and delay getting players to training camp. There could be an exception made for professional athletes, but that is yet another hurdle the league will have to clear. To put it plainly:

Have a good one, folks. Go Kings Go!