Just hours after last night’s 4-1 win over the Ducks at STAPLES Center, the Kings were busy off the ice at their Toyota Sports Center headquarters in El Segundo as 17 players were cut from the club’s training camp roster.
Among those headed to Manchester are two players with NHL experience -- Oscar Moller and Gabe Gauthier.
"We felt this decision, both in the short term and in the long term, was the best decision for Oscar and for our club in terms of his continued development," assistant general manager Ron Hextall said.
The Kings also used Sunday as a bit of a rest day for the remaining players in camp. The Kings cancelled their on-ice practice session and instead held a workout in their gym.
Four players, however, did take the ice. Jarret Stoll
, who has not played a pre-season game yet this season, and Alexander Frolov, who did not skate with the team on Friday, did hit the ice along with goalies Jonathan Quick
and Erik Ersberg. They were joined on the ice by assistant coaches Mark Hardy and Jamie Kompon, and Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford.
Quick left the ice after about 45 minutes while Frolov and Stoll skated with the coaching staff. The slight Swede remained in net.
After the skate, Frolov - who skated on his own on Saturday - said he “felt good.”
Following practice, Ranford was asked about the Kings goaltending situation as it stands now.
“Well, we have three goalies right now battling for two spots. The competition is good as it brings out the best in you. With the remaining games we have, it will be good to see how things play out.”
As for Jonathan Bernier
’s performance on Saturday night, Ranford said he liked what he saw.
“I think he was very competitive in net last night,” said Ranford of Bernier, who made 19 saves. “He made the big saves at the right time,”
Ranford also noted that Bernier is healthy in camp as opposed to last year when he was not.
The Kings are scheduled to practice tomorrow, Monday, at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo at 10 a.m. before leaving for Kansas City where they will “host” the New York Islanders on Tuesday at the Sprint Center at 5 p.m. (PT). The Kings then play against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Hear both games on Kings flagship radio station AM 1150.
Here is the list of Sunday’s training camp player transactions:
Assigned to Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League: Justin Azevedo Corey Elkins Bud Holloway Dwight King Andrei LoktionovDavid Meckler
Oscar Moller Patrick Mullen Jordan Nolan Scott Parse
Geoff Walker Jeff Zatkoff
Assigned to juniors:
Colten Teubert (Regina)
Released from Training Camp tryout:
Members of the Monarchs’ coaching, front office and training staffs also left L.A. today. They begin their training camp on Thursday. Manchester plays 11 games in October, including six at home.