Well atleast kopitars stats will still reflect his usual mid-season self.
MCL Tear - Injuries to the MCL
Grade II MCL Tear
Grade II injuries are also considered incomplete tears of the MCL. These patients may complain of instability when attempting to cut or pivot. The pain and swelling is more significant, and usually a period of 3-4 weeks of rest is necessary.
Remember in 92-93 when Gretzky missed almost half the season with an upper back injury?
He returned to help the team make the finals.
The Kings are deep enough now to withstand the loss of Kopitar for a little while and make the finals for the first time since then.
Between Richards, Carter, Stoll, and Lewis, I'd imagine we could ice three decent centers for a couple of weeks until Kopi is ready. Depth is cool.
Just don't rush back. I hope he is good and ready when he makes it back.
Sorry but, the lock-out was not about fun. It wasn't fun for the owners,majority of players, people whose lives depended on the games, or the fans. We should all have a lot more respect for the players who remained here in the States and fought it out for their beliefs.