Forward Marian Gaborik may not be ready for Los Angeles Kings training camp next season after having his injured left knee repaired.
Gaborik had an "in-depth medical procedure for a chronic issue," the Kings said Tuesday. Training camp would begin in mid-September.
The 35-year-old has four years remaining on his contract, with an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to Cap Friendly. General manager Rob Blake, who replaced Dean Lombardi on April 10, said Gaborik will not be bought out.
"Let's say it'll be a clean slate for Marian to come in and prove himself," Blake said, according to The Associated Press.
Gaborik had 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 56 games this season, when the Kings failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was his fewest points and goals in a full NHL season since he debuted in 2000-01, after he had 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) in 54 games last season.