Herniated discs often require surgery to repair, but Bure’s supposed diagnosis was news to the Kings. After Sunday’s game, coach Andy Murray emphatically said Bure did not have a herniated disc and that team doctors have confirmed the injury is not that serious. “I think there might have been a misinterpretation on (Bure’s) part,” Murray said. “They wondered if it was a protruding disc but … you don’t treat a herniated disc with what he’s getting.” Bure is being treated with medication and physical therapy and said he will be evaluated by doctors again today. “I’ve never had a back problem before,” said Bure, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract in August. “It’s a new experience. Not a good experience, but just something I have to deal with.” Bure, who had career highs of 35 goals and 40 assists with Calgary in 1999-2000, has the speed the Kings believe will play well within the league’s new rules, when he finally gets on the ice. “I feel a little different. I can bend down a little better,” Bure said. “I wish it would go away (instantly) but it’s not. An injury at any time of the year is not a good thing, but I’m learning to deal with it.” Hello, goodbye: Defenseman and team captain Mattias Norstrom, who missed the Kings’ first two games with strong flu-like symptoms, returned to the lineup Sunday. Kings forward Valeri Bure is injured. Exactly how bad, well, that’s a matter of debate. Bure said Sunday morning that a recent MRI revealed a herniated disc in his back, which is considerably more serious than a simple “back strain,” which is how the Kings have been describing Bure’s injury. To make room for Norstrom, the Kings assigned defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H. Grebeshkov, 21, was a healthy scratch in the first two games. The Kings hoped Grebeshkov would stick with the team, but he didn’t show the consistency in training camp needed to be a regular contributor. “We need him playing. We can’t just have him watching,” Murray said. “It was a combination of him not being quite as good as we wanted, but also other guys playing well.” Murray previously said he wouldn’t keep Grebeshkov around unless he could guarantee the defenseman at least 16 minutes per game, and Grebeshkov’s play didn’t justify it. “Denis is still a young guy and his future is with this organization,” Norstrom said. “I was in that situation early in my career. If you’re not out there playing every night, you’re not learning much.” Injury report: Murray said forward Jeff Cowan, who aggravated a groin injury in Thursday’s game, likely will be out at least another week. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SIMI VALLEY – Six homegrown retailers join a mix of national names and restaurant chains opening soon at the Simi Valley Town Center. The locally owned businesses are: Apple Cottage (an upscale gift store), Dakota’s Steakhouse, Gold N Heart Jewelry, Jewel Time, San’s Pizzeria and Simi Luggage. “We’re a good fit,” said Flemming Larsen, owner of Dakota’s. “We’ll get a lot more traffic and it allows us to open up for lunch.” The landmark opened in 1997 at the east end of town and is a favorite among locals. It is the first regional retail center to be developed in Ventura County in more than 25 years and the roster of mall retailers include Macy’s, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor Loft, Bombay and Brookstone. A Simi Valley resident for eight years, Neil Felder landed a coveted spot and will be opening San’s Pizzeria – a family owned and operated small chain with three other restaurants on the East Coast. “I’m originally from Pennsylvania,” he said. “We want to bring that flavor here. We’re authentic.” Felder said he is glad he was able to edge out the competition – including some national chains. “Here you are opening a mall for the locals and I’m a local person,” he said. “We want to be a part of the community and reinvest back in the community.” And although this will be the first time he manages a restaurant, Felder said he welcomes the challenge. “The mall, to me, offers a sense of security. You know you’ll get a lot of foot traffic. We’ll get a lot of attention. Ultimately, the food will make customers want to come back for more.” San’s will offer East Coast-style pizza, calzones, strombolis, pastas and salads. After managing a luggage business for years, Manoj Majithia, a Camarillo resident, felt it was time to pursue a longtime dream of having his own business. “I thought I’d go on my own,” he said. “I wanted to work for myself.” So when opportunity knocked, it was only right that he’d open his first business here in Simi, he added. “I was very lucky and fortunate.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The restaurant will be relocating to the Town Center and the previous location will be converted into a catering and banquet facility with seating for up to 700 people. After the move, the restaurant, which will seat around 275 patrons, will open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. The existing Dakota’s is open only for dinner. The banquet hall will cater to large weddings, bar mitzvahs and other receptions. “We’re very excited,” Larsen said. About 85 percent of the 600,000 square feet of retail and dining space has been leased. Once fully occupied, the Town Center will house more than 120 stores. The mall – along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway between First Street and Erringer Road – opens Oct. 27. The open-air shopping center is projected to inject millions of dollars into the local economy.