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Monday, October 25, 2010
Kings put Drew Doughty on IR

By Dan Arritt
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was placed on injured reserve Monday retroactive to Oct. 21, and the club recalled Jake Muzzin from the Manchester Monarchs.

Doughty suffered an apparent concussion Wednesday against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes and left the game in the first period. An NHL player is ineligible to return from injured reserve within seven days, leaving Doughty unavailable for Wednesday's game at Chicago and doubtful for Thursday's at Dallas.

The Kings are only calling Doughty's ailment an upper-body injury.

The Kings had returned Muzzin to their AHL affiliate in Manchester on Saturday to make room for defenseman Matt Greene, who had been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery in July. By not putting Doughty on IR at that time, the Kings left open the possibility that he could return for the Chicago game, but he has not made enough progress in his recuperation.

In order to receive medical clearance, the NHL requires concussed players to have two consecutive symptom-free days and then pass a cognitive-skills test.

Doughty, who will turn 21 next month, was a finalist last season for the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the league's top defenseman. In five games this season, he had one point and two penalty minutes.