Robyn Regehr suffered an arm injury in the playoffs and will need elbow surgery, a Kings official confirmed on Monday. It was not initially clear whether the surgery took place on Monday, or whether it was to occur on Tuesday.
“He played with a bad arm the whole playoffs,” Darryl Sutter said. “Until we get multiple guys looked at…he’s the guy that’s first on the list.”
The Kings regularly used extra skaters in warm-ups due to the uncertain status of several lineup regulars.
“When you have guys in the lineup…extra players, it usually means that somebody’s a game-time decision, especially at playoff time, and we had several guys that were in that position,” Sutter said.
Dustin Brown was one of those players. He tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his knee in what he deemed a “nothing play” in a collision with Dan Boyle during an early shift in Game 6 against San Jose.
“I continued to play the shift. I knew something was wrong, but I kept on playing,” Brown said. “He was coming around the net, the corner, and Lewie kind of had an angle, and I came kind of down on that angle. I think my knee just kind of hit his thigh, and he’s a little smaller than me, so it was just the way it hit. It did what it needed to do, I guess.”
Though he won’t need surgery, Brown did indicate that the injury limited certain aspects of his game.
“Just inhibition, firing, like power, push-off, just because there’s a lot of inflammation,” he said. “The pain level wasn’t too bad unless I did certain things. Like I said, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t play with. If it was regular season I don’t think I would’ve played with it, but I still thought I could be effective in most areas of the game and find a way to contribute. But there were some limitations.”