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Kings place Arvidsson on long-term injured reserve

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The Los Angeles Kings placed Viktor Arvidsson on long-term injured reserve, the club announced Thursday.

Players on LTIR must miss 10 games or 24 days, which in Arvidsson's case works out to the same return date of Nov. 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers. He missed L.A.'s season-opening 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

The Swedish forward is dealing with what Kings head coach Todd McLellan called a lower-body injury. He was initially ruled out of the first two games of the season and deemed day-to-day.

Los Angeles played its opener one skater short due to cap constraints and Arvidsson's ailment. Placing him on LTIR frees up both $4.25 million in cap space (his contract's average annual value) and a roster spot.

Arvidsson has been a vital cog in the Kings' lineup since they traded the Nashville Predators a pair of picks for him in July 2021. He produced 20 goals and 29 assists over 66 games in 2021-22 before notching 26 tallies and 33 helpers across 77 contests last season.

The 30-year-old has been prone to injuries throughout his career. He's never played a full season and has missed 80 games combined over the last six campaigns. Despite those woes, he's collected at least 20 goals five times and at least 30 twice.

On Thursday, the Kings also recalled forward Alex Turcotte and defenseman Brandt Clarke from their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, while sending forwards Arthur Kaliyev and Alex Laferriere down to the farm club.

Kaliyev has to serve one more game of his four-game suspension (two preseason contests and two regular-season tilts) for kneeing Anaheim Ducks forward Chase De Leo.

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