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Sekera is ‘out,’ with speculation injury is ‘not minor’

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks

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Hurt in Monday’s loss to Chicago, Kings defenseman Andrej Sekera is “out” and will see the doctor later today, coach Darryl Sutter told reporters today.

Not surprisingly, Sutter didn’t say much more than that. But at least one reporter, Rich Hammond of the O.C. Register, got the sense the injury to Sekera was “not minor.”

That certainly wouldn’t be good news for the Kings, who just over a month ago gave up a first-round draft pick in 2015 and prospect Roland McKeown to get Sekera, a pending unrestricted free agent, from Carolina.

At the very least, the first-round pick is protected and becomes a 2016 selection if Los Angeles doesn’t make the playoffs.

The Kings host the Oilers Thursday, with a chance to move past Winnipeg and into the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

P.S. -- the news on Tanner Pearson wasn’t very promising either:

Related: Lombardi happy to get ‘one of the better defenseman on the market’ in Sekera