Reports: Gaborik suffers foot injury; eight week recovery - LA Kings Insider

The type of news that NHL teams and fanbases had been dreading during the World Cup of Hockey has affected the Kings, as forward Marian Gaborik has suffered an apparent foot injury, according to reports, and is expected to miss the remainder of the tournament for Team Europe, which opens the best-of-three final against Canada on Tuesday.

The most recent update, as of 11:02 a.m., PT:

I had checked in earlier with hockey operations to gauge the severity of the injury, but because news had broken so recently, it appeared as though they were still gathering information as well. The first reports began to surface midway through Los Angeles’ morning skate in advance of their split-squad games against the Arizona Coyotes.

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.: Via Helene Elliott, Gaborik is expected to miss eight weeks.

Via Renaud Lavoie, Gaborik suffered the injury during the second period of Europe’s overtime win against Sweden but was able to finish the game. Europe coach Ralph Krueger confirmed the injury, as reported by Helene Elliott of the LA Times, who also noted that Europe GM Miroslav Satan acknowledged that the injury occurred when the veteran forward blocked a shot.

Gaborik, who scored in the win over Sweden, totaled two goals, a plus-two rating and 13 shots on goal in four World Cup games. He missed the final 28 regular season games and Game 1 of the playoff series to San Jose due to a knee sprain suffered on February 12 at Madison Square Garden. The 34-year-old winger was under strong consideration to slot into an opening night line alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown.

In 933 career games, Gaborik has amassed 386 goals and 773 points.

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.