Kings GM Dean Lombardi is hoping that Marian Gaborik (knee) will be able to return a bit before the playoffs.
"We’ll see," Lombardi said. "I mean, the thing with these things, is there is an element of two things. One, how quickly he heals, and secondly, how hard he works. I think you guys know the story of Tony Granato, when Tony pulled it off where … when [he injured] his ACL – I had him in San Jose – he set a record for coming back in six weeks. It was ridiculous. So part of a player coming back in this type of injury is one, just his biological makeup in terms of healing, and secondly is how hard you work, and Granato was an absolute nut and broke the record for coming back. I mean there’s been anywhere from somebody with Granato’s injury – he did it in five weeks – and other people took ten weeks, so we’ll see, but that would probably be a reasonable estimate, sometime close to the playoffs, very close." Gaborik has 12 goals and 22 points in 54 contests in 2015-16.