Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter is out indefinitely after suffering a cut to his leg that required surgery.
According to the Kings assistant general manager Mike Futa Carter’s recovery is going to be a long one.
“It’s not a minor injury. It was a freak (injury) and he was wearing everything you need to be wearing (to protect yourself) … but (the protective socks are) cut-resistant, not cut-proof,” Futa said.
“It’s unfortunate,” the executive added. “It’s going to be a long-term injury. It’s not … a four-to-six weeker. It’s going to be measured more on a month-to-month basis.”
He then implied that Jeff Carter may not be back until February.
“He’s in such great shape that he’s going to come back stronger than ever, and I think he’ll probably be back around … more like a trade-deadline acquisition kind of thing, getting a guy back at that time, but what can you do?”
Carter underwent surgery last week after being hurt on a hit by Jeff Petry during the Kings’ 5-1 victory over Montreal on Wednesday night.
Carter has three assists in six games this season for the Kings, who start a six-game road trip Saturday in Columbus. He had 32 goals and 34 assists last year in his highest-scoring season since 2011.