LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have announced the following player transactions:
Assigned to Manchester (American Hockey League):
The Kings have 27 players remaining on their 2007 Training Camp roster (15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders).
To assign Cloutier to Manchester, the goaltender had to pass through waivers, which the Kings placed him on on Friday.
Kings president and general manager Dean Lombardi commented on the move in a conference call Friday from Las Vegas with local reporters:
“Last year he did not have a good year due to a combination of injuries or whatever and he did come back and was completely healthy and he was really good this summer in terms of doing all the camps and working with our goaltending people to bring his game back technically. So physically, he was there.
“But it still comes down to playing and the way we were looking at it is the reality now is that he hasn’t played for three years. The only way he was going to get his confidence back and the only way to get his rhythm back, is to play. The way we were looking at it, we just felt this was the best thing for him and will give him a much better base to try and come back and be the goaltender he was before we got him.”
The Kings are currently in Las Vegas where they will take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight for the “Frozen Fury 10” preseason game. The contest, which begins at 7 p.m., will be broadcast on KTLK AM 1150 and on the Kings Radio Network.
Following tonight’s game the Kings then fly to Salzburg, Austria, where they will participate in the four-team “Red Bulls Salute 2007” exhibition tournament. The Kings play in Salzburg on September 25 and 26.