Kings place Gaborik on IR

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The Los Angeles Kings officially placed winger Marian Gaborik on IR on Thursday. The team noted that the move is retroactive to Sept. 25.

Gaborik is expected to be sidelined until late November (Thanksgiving), according to the AP’s Greg Beacham.

The sometimes-brittle winger stands as one of the biggest injury concerns coming from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He suffered his lower-body injury while representing Team Europe in the tournament.

Puck Daddy’s Josh Cooper believes that Gaborik’s absence could be good news for a familiar name to California hockey fans: Devin Setoguchi. The former Sharks forward is on a PTO with Los Angeles.

Gaborik played in 54 games last season, managing 12 goals and 22 points. He last played a full NHL season in 2011-12.