EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – One by one, key veterans of the Los Angeles Kings popped their heads out the door of their practice facility locker room a day before training camp opened.
Captain Dustin Brown, Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll all pronounced themselves ready to go Wednesday after offseason medical issues. The scariest was Stoll's seizure incident at his home in July. Stoll said he underwent evaluations for three weeks and has since felt fine.
"Everything looks normal, 100 percent," Stoll said. "Just for peace of mind, I guess - I feel good. I feel healthy."
The cause of the seizure remains unknown, although Stoll said he has a history of it in his family.
"I wish I had a little bit of an explanation, but nothing, really," he said. "Even with the concussion (in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals), I thought maybe those were connected, but they weren't. That's good news, I guess."
Brown said he will wear a brace on his left knee. He had been playing with a torn posterior cruciate ligament from a hit by Dan Boyle in Game 6 of the West semifinals.
Will Brown wear the brace all season?
"If it's up to the trainers, yeah," Brown said. "I hate the brace. But it's something I get used to. We'll see. I don't like anything on me, so we'll see."
Williams revealed after the Stanley Cup Playoffs that he had been playing with a slight shoulder separation from a Brad Stuart hit in Game 3 of the series with the Sharks. It did not require surgery.
Williams had his right shoulder separated by now-teammate Robyn Regehr a couple of years ago.
"It's just an injury that many hockey players have had and it just takes time to heal," Williams said. "Unfortunately we don't have time to make it heal during playoffs, so you just wait. It was fine a few weeks after the season. I was able to maintain and do my workouts, and really had no issue."