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Kings' Doughty not skating at start of training camp

by NHL.com Staff

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn't scheduled to participate in training camp activities Friday because of an upper-body injury that occurred during training, the team announced via Twitter.

Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake said in an email that Doughty is day-to-day, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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The Kings also announced forward Jarret Stoll was not expected to skate as he rehabilitates from offseason hip surgery, but media on hand reported Stoll was on the ice Friday, skating between Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis.

Goalie Jonathan Quick isn't ready for the start of training camp after offseason wrist surgery, but according to coach Darryl Sutter he and Doughty are feeling good.

"You know, we're just setting training camp up," Sutter said according to LAKingsInsider.com. "We didn't have five months off. We had just a few weeks, so we're setting training camp up to make sure our guys are ready to play the last three games."

The Kings will try for the second time in three seasons to become the first back-to-back Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Sutter was asked why it has become so hard to repeat in the modern-day NHL.

"It's probably cause it's the toughest trophy to win, so to do it back-to-back, especially in the salary cap [era] in a parity League –- I mean, if we'd have lost Game 7 to Chicago in the conference finals, then we wouldn't be talking about it. It tells you how close it is," he said.

Sutter was asked if he thought the Western Conference had improved even more during the offseason. Among notable transactions, the Anaheim Ducks traded for center Ryan Kesler, the St. Louis Blues signed Paul Stastny and the Chicago Blackhawks signed center Brad Richards.

"It's pretty good. I mean, I don't know how much better it is. How much better can you get?" Sutter said. "Most of the betting favorites are going to come out of the West, I would think."

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