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Kings’ Drew Doughty ‘good to go,’ Jonathan Quick progressing well

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is waiting to be cleared to participate in the team's exhibition games after suffering a upper body injury before training camp.
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is waiting to be cleared to participate in the team’s exhibition games after suffering a upper body injury before training camp.
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Defenseman Drew Doughty, who sustained an upper-body injury in what he called a freak pre-training camp accident and sat out the first few practices, said he’s “good to go” and is awaiting clearance to play in an exhibition game.

“I still don’t know the status on that but I’ve been feeling good. Feeling good for a while, no problems,” he said Tuesday, his second straight day on the ice. “Whenever the coaches and medical staff deem me ready to play, I’ll be ready to go.”

Goaltender Jonathan Quick, who underwent wrist surgery in late June, practiced Tuesday in El Segundo and said he’s progressing well. Quick said he would meet with Coach Darryl Sutter and the training staff to set a timetable for him to play an exhibition game.

“I’m getting there. Every day I feel a little bit better than the day before,” Quick said. “I would like to play. Anything you could do at this time, it helps to prepare for the season. So, that’s the goal, to try and get a game or two in preseason.”

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That’s Sutter’s goal, too. “He doesn’t need five games,” Sutter said. “To be honest, if we could get two full games out of him I’d be happy with that.”

Doughty said he’s in good shape but looks forward to playing so he can sharpen his timing.

“It’s tough to come off the summer break and just jump into regular-season hockey,” he said. “You definitely need one or two games under your belt to be ready for the season. . . . My defensive reads will come to me. I’ll just be getting ready to battle in those corners. That will be the first adjustment I’ll have to make.”

Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk, who spent last season with Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League, sustained a knee injury and will miss the rest of camp.

The Kings reassigned six 2014 draft picks to their junior teams and released from camp four players who had been on tryouts. Fifty players remain.

Follow Helene Elliott on Twitter @helenenothelen


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