After taking part in a full practice with the Kings for the first time since suffering a muscle injury in an undisclosed area of his body earlier in training camp, Marian Gaborik spoke with LA Kings Insider shortly after having finished a short bag skate at the conclusion of the Kings’ practice in Colorado Springs on Friday. The 32-year-old winger expressed confidence in his ability to return to the Kings lineup for the season opener against the San Jose Sharks on October 8.
Marian Gaborik, on whether it felt good to participate fully:
Yeah, for sure. It feels good to be out there for the full practice.
Gaborik, on the efforts to continue monitoring the injury:
Yeah. I mean, I don’t think I’m going to play tomorrow. Just want to make sure everything is ready for the home opener.
Gaborik, on whether one incident led to the injury, or if it built up through wear and tear:
It just kind of built up. It’s nothing serious, but it’s an area where it…just limits you from a lot of moves. I’ve never had that before. It happened one time, and I thought it was going to go away, but it didn’t. It just got worse, and we started treating it. We wanted to be on top of things, and I’m glad it’s feeling better and I was out there today.
Gaborik, on on-ice activities that will keep him ready for the season opener:
Just keep skating, keep my conditioning up, keep my feet moving, and make sure I do more over the next few days to get ready for the season.