Kings’ Viktor Arvidsson ready for return to Nashville

Kings’ Viktor Arvidsson ready for return to Nashville

When Viktor Arvidsson looked at the Los Angeles Kings’ schedule, it didn’t take long to find his first trip back to Nashville, where he played his first seven NHL seasons.Arvidsson, acquired by the Kings in an offseason trade for two draft picks, will return to the Music City on Tuesday night when the Kings play the Predators.Arvidsson, who has a goal and an assist through two games on the Kings’ No. 1 line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, said he speaks with some of his former teammates about “every other day.”Will it be easier to get his return over with sooner rather than later?”I haven’t thought about it that way,” he said. “I’ll go in there and be the player I am and show who I am and not think about it too much. For sure, it’s going to be pretty special.”Kings coach Todd McLellan has encountered this many times.”We have a new player on our team, and we’re going to his old city where he spent his whole career,” McLellan said of Arvidsson. “I know our players are going to want to play hard for him. They want to reward him. I’m sure in Nashville they’re going to recognize Arvy for what he gave them, which was some really good years.”But it is pro sports. This happens often, and it’ll happen again down the road with other players. But it can give you a boost and not just the individual that’s going back but certainly the others.”The addition of Arvidsson certainly has boosted the 34-year-old Kopitar, who was named the NHL’s No. 1 star for the first week of the season, when he had four goals and three assists over two games. He had a hat trick in a 6-2 victory against Las Vegas and added a goal Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Minnesota.McLellan seems pleased with Arvidsson’s assimilation into the top line.

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