The Los Angeles Kings will be without forward Dustin Brown indefinitely, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott as the team reports that he has broken his finger. The team released their own statement saying that Brown will miss the first portion of the season with the injury.
Brown took a shot up high from teammate Anze Kopitar during the second period of Saturday night’s preseason game against Anaheim and left the game. The team later updated his situation by stating he suffered an upper-body injury. There is no word which finger has been broken.
The injury is disappointing after Brown, who has played more than 1,000 games for the Kings, finally had a big season after signing an eight-year, $47MM extension back in 2013 after years of being a high-quality 20-goal scorer. However, since signing that deal, Brown struggled scoring goals, posting 15, 11, 11, 14 goals before finally breaking out with a 28-goal season last season. The 33-year-old has four more years on his contract at $5.88MM AAV and the team was counting on the veteran to continue making big contributions with the team aging quickly.