After taking off Sunday as the Kings returned home from Frozen Fury, the Kings hit the ice for practice this morning with at 10 a.m. to around noon.
The Kings announced numerous roster moves both before and after practice with D Drew Bagnall, G Jonathan Bernier and C Trevor Lewis being assigned to Manchester following practice and D Mike D’Orazio, who was in on a tryout with the Kings, returning to his junior team, the OHL’s Owen Sound.
Also C Justin Azevedo, D Andrew Campbell, D Paul Crosty, RW Vladimir Dravecky, C Gabe Gauthier, LW Bud Holloway, D Josh Kidd, LW Brady Murray, C Marty Murray, RW Scott Parse, G Daniel Taylor, D Eric Werner and G Jeff Zatkoff were also assigned to Manchester prior to practice.
The Kings have 36 players remaining on their 2008 Training Camp roster (21 forwards, 11 defensemen and four goaltenders).
Two players who made this latest cut are goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Oscar Moller.
“I am trying to put a good effort forward and get noticed by the coaches,” Quick said.
So far so good for Quick as both prospects have been turning heads with productive camps thus far. Moller has been playing on a line lately with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown, the Kings top line.
“I feel way more comfortable out there, I am stronger and quicker and I know the guys more, so I feel really comfortable coming to the rink each day,” Moller said. “I am a little nervous. I am going to keep playing my game and hopefully make this team..”
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
With Frozen Fury being played at a neutral site like Las Vegas, the NHL stats equipment is not up to par, thus there was no box score for the Kings’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Avs on Saturday night…With Colorado leading 2-0 in the first period, Matt Moulson converted on the power play off an assist from Anze Kopitar…Vladimir Dravecky tied the score with an even strength tally off assists from Derek Armstrong and Denis Gauthier…On the Kings final goal scored by Kopitar, Jarret Stoll was awarded the helper…Jason LaBarbera played the first 40 minutes, stopping 20-of-22 shots…Erik Ersberg played the final period and the five-minute OT period, stopping 4-of-5 shots…Ersberg took the loss stopping 1-of-2 on the shootout…Oscar Moller took the first shootout attempt and missed…Stoll and Armstrong took the Kings second and third shots…the two teams combined for 48 PIMs in the first period…Drew Bagnall, Kevin Westgarth (twice) and Wayne Simmonds all received five-minute fighting major penalties…Armstrong, Dravecky and Brian Boyle led the team with +1 plus/minus rating…Colorado finished 0-for-5 on the power play to the Kings' 2-for-7…Kings have the second-best preseason record in the Western Conference at 3-0-1 for seven points…Vancouver is first at 4-0-0, eight points.
KEVIN AND BEAN…AND KOPI
Anze Kopitar is scheduled to be the in-studio guest with the popular "Kevin and Bean Show" on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8:05 a.m. The show is heard locally on (The World Famous) KROQ-FM, 106.7.
FORMER KING TO BE HONORED BY RANGERS
On Feb. 22, the NY Rangers will honor long-time center Andy Bathgate and D Harry Howell. Bathgate played 17 seasons in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, scoring 349-624=973 in 1,069 games. Howell, who played the last three seasons of his career with the Kings from 1970-73, scored 94-324=428 in 1,411 games with the Rangers, Seals and Kings.
FROLOV RETURNS TO THE ICE ON MONDAY
Forward Alexander Frolov, who had missed the last several days of training camp with the effects of a sore groin, returned to the ice today.
KINGS VISION OF TRAINING CAMP
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