LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings and Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi Monday announced the following player transactions: goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin has been activated from the injured reserve list; forward Brady Murray
has been assigned to Manchester of the American Hockey League; and goaltender Jonathan Bernier
has been returned to Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Aubin, 30, has not played in a game for the Kings this season after being placed on the injured reserve list on October 2 (retroactive to September 26) due to a groin injury. The 5-11, 180-pound native of Montreal was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on August 28, 2007. In 199 career NHL games, he has a 75-77-11-4 record, seven shutouts and a 2.91 goals-against-average for Toronto and Pittsburgh. He wears No. 1 with the Kings.
Murray, 23, has played in four games for the Kings this season, including his Kings/NHL debut on September 29 against Anaheim in London, and he has one goal (his first NHL goal came on October 12 versus Boston) and six penalty minutes. The 5-10, 185-pound native of Brandon, Manitoba, was originally selected by the Kings in the fifth-round (152nd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Bernier, 19, has played in four games for the Kings this season, including his Kings/NHL debut on September 29 against Anaheim in London, and he has a 1-3-0 record (with first NHL win came on September 29) and a 4.03 goals-against-average. The 5-11, 177-pound native of Laval, Quebec, was originally selected by the Kings in the first-round (11th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
“We feel the decision to return Jonathan to the Quebec League is the best means to ensure that Jonathan reaches his potential," Lombardi said of Bernier. "This young man is 19 years old and if he continues to mature properly he has a bright future ahead of him."
The Kings next play tomorrow, Tuesday, against the Minnesota Wild at STAPLES Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Kings-Wild game will be broadcast on FSN West, on KTLK AM 1150 and on the Kings Radio Network. For all Kings ticket information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA and visit www.LAKings.com.