The Los Angeles Kings knew at some point this season there would be roster moves.
There were three moves this week, one of them resulting in a once in a lifetime feeling.
Sean Walker and Matt Roy
Defenseman Sean Walker and Matt Roy will be out anywhere from two games to an indefinite amount of time. The pair were injured last week in a two-game series with the Minnesota Wild, in which both games got pretty rough.
Sean Walker received the worst of the injuries, getting a puck to the face. Walker was later shown, his face swollen, nose sideways, his eye almost completely shut. Even with a full face shield, the pain will still be there, and vision will not be where it needs to be for a while. He could be out the longest.
Matt Roy received a check from behind from the Wilds Kevin Fiala, who received a major penalty on the play. Roy should be back sooner; however, he will still be out sometime.
On a positive note, winger Arthur Kaliyev was placed on the taxi squad a few days ago. That assignment was washed away since he was placed on the active roster for last night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, where he proceeded to score his first NHL goal on a rebound in front. As a prominent OHL goal scorer, Kaliyev has the hands to achieve 50 goals in the NHL.
While highly touted winger Kaliyev making the NHL jump is awesome news, we have to have our thoughts and prayers with Walker and Roy. The sustained injuries could have cost them their NHL career. Walker could’ve been blinded by the shot to the face, while Roy could’ve been paralyzed from the hit from behind. Although they don’t seem to be career-threatening, they were some dangerous plays that’ll cost them ice time.
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