I haven't been too excited about Purcell either, but the best way to give him a real chance is to let him play in a stable line situation for awhile.
Smyth is obviously the kind of guy who can help raise a linemate's game.
Give Purcell a true shot on this line for a stretch of games, don't be too quick to push a panic button, and emphasize lineup stability, the Kings will probably make the best possible showing in the near future with such a strategy.
This. If he can't make a go of it after being on this line, I would say he will be as good as gone before/at the trade deadline.
“Kings forward Justin Williams today underwent successful ankle surgery. The expected recovery time is 12 weeks. The surgical procedure was performed by Dr. Ken Jung of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.”
I tore all my ankle ligaments playing football in high school, it was nasty. My injury was so bad that I sprained my knee at the same time because of how I got hurt. I had surgery where screws were attached to my bone to keep the ligaments in place. I was in a cast for 3 months and then a walking cast for another 3. One ligament is nothing. You usually tear a ligament everytime you sprain your ankle. They're pretty resilient.