Monday’s training camp report …
Anze Kopitar strapped on a new brace to protect his sprained right knee and went for a 30-minute skate after his teammates left the ice. Assistant coach Bernie Nicholls put him through some light drills and he reported only a little discomfort afterward.
“It felt good, so we’ll see day by day how I progress,” said Kopitar, who was injured while playing in Sweden during the lockout. “I didn’t go all out right off the hop. I wanted to get the turns and the crossovers and everything. I’m sure if you skate straight ahead there’s no pain.
“I was curious, I guess, to experience the turns and the pivots and I didn’t have any problems. There is a little discomfort, but to be honest, I thought it would be worse than it was. It takes a little bit to get used to (the knee brace), so I’m sure it’ll be a process. But I don’t see it being too much of a discomfort. It’s not like I have a choice.
“I just have to get used to it.”
Kopitar said he’s never worn a knee brace.
The Kings expect him to be sidelined for at least another two weeks.
Anthony Stewart joined the Kings for the second day of camp after they traded Kevin Westgarth to the Carolina Hurricanes to get him and two draft picks Sunday. Stewart said he hopes to make a good impression and earn a job within the next few days.
“No better team to get traded to than the Stanley Cup champions,” said Stewart, a forward. “I’m just ready for an opportunity. I’m on the outside looking in right now. Wherever I can be used … I’m not here just to be a warm body. I want to be an impact player and get in the lineup as soon as possible.”
Stewart said he played in England during the lockout.
“I’m ecstatic to be here and happy to contribute,” he said. “It’s a system that fits my strengths, being a big body who can skate. Stanley Cup champions, so definitely happy to be here. I know some of the guys from World Junior Championships, (including Mike) Richards and (Jeff) Carter. I know (Drew) Doughty from back in Toronto. …
“So, it’s not like there’s a lot of strangers in the room.”
Workout details and ticket information
The Kings’ practice Monday at 7 p.m. at Staples Center is open to the public free of charge. Fans can download complimentary tickets at www.ticketmaster.com/lakings. The workout also will be televised live on Fox Sports West with Bob Miller, Jim Fox and Patrick O’Neal calling the action.
Single game tickets for all home games go on sale Monday at 6 p.m., at the Staples Center box office and at LAKings.com. There also are a limited number of individual game suites available for groups of 12 to 132. For information, call 888-546-4752.