LOS ANGELES — Even if he does not return to action in tonight’s Game 1 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the New York Rangers at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regher is getting closer and closer to returning.
“That’ll be a coaches’ decision,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been working hard at getting back to feeling like I can be ready to roll. At this point, it’s whatever [head coach] Darryl [Sutter] would like me to be. If he feels like he’d like me in the lineup, I feel like I’m ready to go, and if he wants to stay with the same lineup that was successful in Game 7 against Chicago, I totally understand that, too.”
“As a player, coming off a fairly substantial injury and missing a significant amount of time, you work as hard as possible, both on and off the ice, to be as [well-prepared] as you can [be],” he added. “That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”
But after stating that he feels that he’s ready to go, Regehr backed off that statement.
“I’m working to try to be as ready as I can,” said Regher. “It’s just a lot of off-ice work, on-ice work, things like that. I was off for a long time, so there’s a lot of things that go into getting ready, and I’m trying to do as much as I can, and work as hard as I can to be ready to go.”
“It’s tough because I haven’t played for four weeks, and we’re coming right into a Stanley Cup Final,” added Regher. “There’s no transition period, so that’s where I am right now.”
“I’ve done a little bit of contact, not a huge amount, but it’s hard to get in practices, too, because it’s the playoffs. With travel, especially in the last series, we just didn’t get a lot of practice time.”
Regher indicated that he will see team doctors today.
“I haven’t gotten the go-ahead from the doctors, but I’m going to see them tomorrow,” he noted. “They’ll be around for the game day. We’ll see what happens.”
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