Robitaille's retirement coming in LA?
One wonders when reading this story whether or not soon-to-be 40-year-old veteran Luc Robitaille may be one of those who has hung on too long:
Robitaille, 39, learned of the news [he was scratched] during a team meeting before the Kings' morning skate. He did not skate with the team and later expressed his disappointment with his lack of playing time — he played only 5 minutes 10 seconds in a 3-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday.The LA Daily News reported that Robitaille didn't even attend the game and may not be playing in the future:
"I totally disagree with what's going on," Robitaille said. "After playing five minutes, I thought I would go back in after losing such a big game. It doesn't make sense to me. In the past, if a coach didn't play me a lot and we lost, he thought maybe it was time to give this guy a chance."
There's no assurance Robitaille, who did not attend the game and couldn't be reached for comment, will be back in the lineup anytime soon. When Murray scratched Robitaille from a Dec. 2 game at Ottawa, he immediately said Robitaille would play the next night, but Murray made no such promises Friday.
Robitaille left the practice facility and did not participate in the morning skate. Murray said Robitaille was dealing with a groin injury, but the day before, Robitaille told a reporter he felt fine.