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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled right wing Konstantin Pushkarev from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League; have placed left wing Scott Thornton (wrist) on the injured reserve list (retroactive to Dec. 29); and have loaned defenseman Mike Weaver on a conditioning assignment to Manchester, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.

Pushkarev, 21, has 15 points (4-11=15) and 23 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Monarchs this season. The 6-0, 180-pound native of Ust Kamenogorst, Kazakhstan, has not appeared in a game with the Kings this season. Originally selected by the Kings in the second-round (44th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Pushkarev has one point (0-1=1) and zero penalty minutes in one career NHL game. He wears jersey number 9.

Thornton, who turns 36 on Tuesday, has nine points (5-4=9) and 60 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Kings this season. The 6-3, 220-pound native of London, Ontario, was signed by the Kings as a free agent on July 1, 2006. He has appeared in 874 career regular season NHL games with the Kings, San Jose, Montreal, Dallas, Edmonton and Toronto, and has 273 points (137-136=273) and 1,395 penalty minutes.

Weaver, 28, has two points (both assists) and two penalty minutes in 12 games with the Kings this season. The 5-9, 182-pound native of Bramalea, Ontario, has appeared in 122 career regular season NHL games with the Kings and Atlanta, and has 17 points (all assists) and 46 penalty minutes.

The Kings will continue a four-game homestand on Saturday at STAPLES Center against Detroit at 7:30 p.m. The contest will air on FSN West, KTLK AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. The Kings are scheduled to next practice at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo on Friday at 10 a.m.

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