Well, I wouldn't call it a "BIG" blow... I mean, the Kings are missing Allison, Deadmarsh, Cammalleri & Miller, now that's a big blow.. and besides, they have Brennan and Flinn if they need an enforcer. But Norton is good in the room and a Defenseman/Forward, so he's versatile.
In that regard he'll be missed, but I wouldn't go overboard and say the Kings playoff hopes are dashed because Brad Norton is out 3 months to a year.
But to be honest, I've never seen a more injury-cursed team in all my years watching sports.
Well 536 mangames last year I believe is 3rd worst in league history and starting out this season with "new" injuries on top of "old lingering" ones to two of the teams top 3 players... I really think the Kings have had the worst luck I've ever seen the last 12 months....