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Kings Notebook (Oct. 20)

by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
Moller: "Obviously it was disappointing for me to get sent down."
The Kings on Tuesday assigned forward Oscar Moller to Manchester of the American Hockey League, after a two-game stint with the NHL club.

Moller, called up Saturday morning after flu symptoms struck approximately half the team, did not record a point in two games but played nine minutes Monday night at Dallas.

Moller now returns to the Monarchs, for whom he had three goals and two assists in five games this season.

Before Monday's game, Moller talked about overcoming the disappointment of starting the season with the Monarchs.

Last season, as a 19-year-old rookie, Moller was a surprise addition to the Kings' roster out of training camp and played 40 NHL games, his season interrupted by a shoulder injury he suffered while playing for Sweden in the World Junior Championships.

"Obviously it was disappointing for me to get sent down," Moller said, "but I just had to make sure I stayed with having a good attitude down there, and still try to improve my game as much as I can all the time and be a good teammate.

"I felt I had been playing real well with the line I was put in with, with (Andrei) Loktionov and Scott Parse. I think we’ve been clicking pretty good, and we have a lot of fun out there.”

Moller, a Kings second-round pick in 2007, likely will resume skating with Loktionov, a 2008 first-round pick who has four goals and four assists in his first seven games with Manchester. It's a pairing that Moller said he enjoys.

"I remember seeing him two years ago, and he was probably a little bit smaller back then," Moller said. "He was still trying to do a lot of moves and stuff, but this year he could really do it. Now he really shows it. He makes a lot of good plays during the games and in practice. It’s just fun to be on the wing with him, because you get good passes every time."

The Kings had a day off Tuesday and are scheduled to resume practice Wednesday at 10 a.m. in El Segundo, in preparation for Thursday's home game against Dallas.
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