March 22, 2011
Great win for the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night against the Calgary Flames, but ultimately a costly one: Right wing Justin Williams(notes), the team's second-leading scorer, injured his shoulder in the third period on a Robyn Regehr(notes) hit. The news Tuesday was expected, but nonetheless a punch in the gut.
Justin Williams is expected to miss 3-4 weeks because of his shoulder injury, so theoretically he could return during the playoffs if things went well for him and the team. Terry Murray did not discuss Oscar Moller(notes) or his potential role, since Moller has not officially been called up (until paperwork is completed).
Williams' shoulder dislocated but he will try rehab to get to 80 percent strength and then wear harness. Other option is surgery now and that's not Williams' first choice. So rehab 3 to 4 weeks and then assess.
So it's not the rest of the season, in theory, but it's pretty damn close. Very tough break for the Kings and for Williams, who inked a four-year, $14.6 million extension last month and was in the midst of his best offensive season since 2007.