An NHL season just isn’t an NHL season without a Justin Williams injury. The Williams injury stamp will leave its mark on the 2010-11 campaign as the Kings second leading scorer will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder.
Via ESPN Los Angeles:
Williams was injured with about 9½ minutes remaining in regulation Monday night in a 2-1 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. Williams was checked into the left-wing boards by Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr and slowly skated off the ice. Williams sat hunched over on the bench for about 60 seconds before heading to the locker room.
Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider reports that Oscar Moller is on his way to L.A. from Manchester of the AHL to replace Williams in the lineup. Moller has 23 goals and 50 points in 59 games with the AHL’s Monarchs.
Williams had appeared in every game for the Kings this season after battling variety of injuries over the last three seasons between Los Angeles and Carolina. The right winger played in 82 games for the Hurricanes in 2006-07, but played in just 37, 44 and 49 in each respective season since. The Kings acquired Williams just over two years ago in a three team deal with the Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers.
The Kings signed Williams to a 4-year $14.6 million contract extension in February on trade deadline day. Realistically, Williams could return in time for the playoffs or at some point during the first round – the Kings, of course, will have to secure a spot first.