LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have activated center Derek Armstrong from the injured reserve list and have assigned left wing Ken Belanger to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President, Hockey Operations/General Manager Dave Taylor announced today.
Armstrong, 32, was placed on the injured reserve list on November 1 (retroactive to October 25) with a groin injury. Since suffering the injury during a Kings practice, the 6-0, 190-pounder from Ottawa has missed four games. Armstrong, acquired from the New York Rangers for a conditional third-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, is tied for fifth on the Kings in scoring with nine points (2-7=9) in 10 games this season. In 219 career NHL games with the Kings, Rangers, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders, Armstrong has 101 points (37-64=101) and 123 penalty minutes.
Belanger, 31, has zero points and seven penalty minutes in five games with the Kings this season. The 6-4, 220-pound native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, signed a one-year contract with the Kings on September 30 after making the Kings out of training camp. He began training camp as a non-roster invitee. Originally selected by the Hartford Whalers in the seventh-round (153rd overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, Belanger, in 248 career NHL games with the Kings, Boston Bruins, Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs, has 23 points (11-12=23) and 695 penalty minutes.
The Pacific Division-leading Kings (10-5-0, 20 points) open a four-game road trip in Detroit tomorrow, Wednesday, at 4:30 p.m. (PT). The contest will air on FSN West, KSPN Radio 710 and along the Kings Radio Network.