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by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings picked up Randy Jones today off of waivers.
The Kings attempted to add to their defensive depth Thursday when they claimed 28-year-old Randy Jones off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Jones, who had spent all of this season with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, is due $2.75 million this season, but because the Kings got him on re-entry waivers, they will only have to pay half his salary. Jones is due to be an unrestricted free agent after the summer.

The Kings also put Alec Martinez on injured reserve. Martinez suffered a high ankle sprain after the season opener, and no timetable for his return has been set.

So, with Martinez out, and converted defenseman Peter Harrold doing well as a fourth-line forward, the Kings grabbed Jones, a big-bodied (6-foot-2) left-shot defenseman who comes with a bit of a reputation.

Jones has appeared in 217 NHL games over parts of the last five seasons, and the one he's best known for is the 2007 game in which he hit Boston's Patrice Bergeron from behind, resulting in Bergeron's concussion and a two-game suspension for Jones.

During parts of Jones' tenure in Philadelphia, Kings coach Terry Murray served as an assistant coach and general manager Dean Lombardi did scouting with the Flyers, so the familiarity with Jones' game is in place already.

"Well, he’s a pretty good player,'' Murray said. "He’s a player who plays in all situations. He can play on your power play. He’s a good penalty-kill defending player. He’s a pretty good all-around player, so when he does get into the lineup, there won’t be any hesitation in any one of those situations.''

Jones, who played six games for Adirondack of the AHL this season, is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Friday morning...more

Justin Williams skated for 20 minutes Thursday morning, along with healthy scratch Trevor Lewis and backup goalie Erik Ersberg, but Williams will miss his fifth consecutive game tonight when the Kings host the Vancouver Canucks.

Williams, suffering from a still-undisclosed lower-body injury, is likely to rejoin full-team practices and is now targeted to return Monday at Phoenix. "It’s going good,'' Williams said Thursday. "I just feel like I’ve been missing so many games. I’ve been out six days and I’ve already missed four games.

"Tonight, I’m not going to go. I’m going to wait until it’s 100 percent. We’ve got some good practices coming up, and we don’t play until Monday, so that’s the decision the training staff (and) the coach made. I’ll get some good practices under me and I should be good to go Monday.''

The Kings don't have Williams, but the Vancouver Canucks are without several top guns tonight, as Daniel Sedin (foot), Pavol Demitra (groin) and Roberto Luongo (ribs) are all out.

Andrew Raycroft is expected to replace Luongo and has been strong himself this season, with a .941 save percentage in two games.

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