Kings Winger Viktor Arvidsson Placed on Long-Term IR Due to Lower-Body Injury

Los Angeles Kings winger Viktor Arvidsson, after returning from a back injury, is back on long-term injured reserve due to a lower-body injury, impacting the team’s playoff push and potentially prompting them to seek additional talent before the NHL trade deadline.

Getty Images captured the moment, but the news is less than picture-perfect for the Los Angeles Kings. Viktor Arvidsson, just four games back from a back injury, finds himself sidelined again. This time, it’s a lower-body injury putting him on long-term injured reserve.

Arvidsson, at 30, had already missed the first 50 games of the season. His comeback was brief but hopeful. He made his season debut against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 15. Sadly, just five days later, during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was injured again.

In those four games, Arvidsson managed two assists. When he’s on the ice, he’s a significant source of offense for the Kings. Over his first two seasons with the team, he’s scored 46 goals and made 62 assists in 143 games. Impressive, right?

The Kings were counting on him. They hoped Arvidsson would boost their forward group, especially as they push for the playoffs. Now, that’s up in the air. It’s a setback that might push general manager Rob Blake to make moves before the NHL trade deadline.

Here’s a bit of financial silver lining, though. According to PuckPedia, the Kings now have about $3.3 million in salary cap space with Arvidsson on LTIR. It’s a bit of breathing room. Maybe, just maybe, they can find someone to fill the gap and keep their playoff dreams alive.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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