The Kings claimed defenseman Randy Jones off of re-entry waivers yesterday from Philadelphia (read the release here).
LAKings.com chatted with the 28-year old blueliner as he is making his way to Los Angeles
to join the Kings today. He is what he had to say about changing organizations for the first time and being re-united with Ron Hextall and Terry Murray.
Talk a little bit about how you feel about being picked up by the Kings.
Jones: I am absolutely thrilled. I had a five hour drive back to New Jersey yesterday and I was all smiles the whole way. Ever since I got the word yesterday I have been really excited, really looking forward to it. I can't wait to get there and put that uniform on.
LAKings.com: You started this season in the AHL. Talk a little bit about your 2009-10 season so far.
Jones: This is not the start that I was looking forward to or even wanted, but under the new NHL with the cap situation, there are players that get caught up in the middle of it. It is always disappointing when the boss tells you that you are going to be sent down because of a money situation, but you have to step back and say that it is a business. That is how you have to take it, not personally and in stride. So I went down to the Phantoms with a good attitude and did my best to get back into the NHL. Fortunately I am able to do that and I am grateful to be going to LA.
LAKings.com: You know Ron Hextall, the Kings Assistant General Manager and Terry Murray, the Head Coach. How will that help your transition? Also, are there any of the guys that you know, like Michal Handzus or Justin Williams?
Jones: Yeah, I think that there are a good number of guys there that I have a connection with. Ever since Mr. Hextall has been in LA I have heard only good things about him and I can second that with what I know from when he was here. We had a really good relationship and I could talk about anything with him and vice versa, same with Coach Murray. He was my coach here for a few years and just in those few years I felt we had a really good relationship as well. I am really looking forward to it, hopefully some of the guys that I do know will be able to help me out a little bit
LAKings.com: You are changing organizations for the first time, how do you feel about that transition?
Jones: I have been here for six years and won a championship here with the Flyers. But at this point it didn't work out and it is tough to know that you are going to another organization. But I am going to one that has such class and like I said I couldn't be more happy and more excited to be going to LA. This is part of the career and there are few players who play their whole career with one organization. I appreciate everything that everyone in the organization has done for me in the past six years but I am ready to move on and start in LA.
LAKings.com: What is the style of your game?
Jones: I like to join in the play and play in all situations, on the power play, on the penalty kill, late in the period, down a goal and up a goal. I am looking forward to showing everyone how I play because I can't wait to play on the Kings and I can't wait to play in that city.