Kings' Arvidsson to miss 3-5 months after back surgery

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We finally know why Viktor Arvidsson didn't suit up in the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Kings forward will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a herniated disc and will require approximately three-to-five months to recover, general manager Rob Blake said Monday, according to The Athletic's Lisa Dillman.

If Arvidsson needs all five months, he'd miss training camp and return in mid-October, around the time the 2022-23 regular season will likely begin.

The 29-year-old sat out the club's final regular-season game - an overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks - and then all seven first-round contests against the Edmonton Oilers, who advanced to the second round.

Arvidsson ranked third in goals (20) and assists (29) for L.A. despite averaging a mere 16:59 of ice time and playing only 66 regular-season tilts in 2021-22. This was his first season with the Kings, who landed him in an expansion draft-inspired trade with the Predators last July.

The Swedish winger spent his first seven seasons with the Predators, collecting a career-high 34 goals across 58 games in 2018-19.

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