Player News - Kings

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Kings coach Willie Desjardins reported that there's a "good chance" Jonathan Quick (knee) will resume skating by the end of the week.

Quick isn't expected to travel with the Kings on their upcoming three-game road trip though, so if he does resume skating this week, it would be on his own. Quick last played on Oct. 23.
Nov 15 - 9:37 AM

Drew Doughty feels he needs to do more to turn the Kings' season around.

While talking about how each player needs to step up, Doughty also pointed the finger at himself. "Even myself, I’m going out there, I’ve been frickin’ minus almost every game, it seems like, whether it’s an empty net or whatever it may be," Doughty said. "I’m going out there thinking, ‘Don’t get scored on. Don’t get scored on.' And when you think that way, the bad things happen. So you’ve got to start thinking positive, and I know it’s hard to think positive when we’re losing like this, but that’s just the bottom line." Doughty has been a negative player in each of his last four games and is minus-nine on the season. Of course, plus/minus needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but clearly it's something on his mind. He also has a goal and 10 points in 17 games this season, so from an offensive perspective, he's been largely living up to expectations.
Nov 15 - 9:29 AM

Gabriel Vilardi (back) has been cleared for full practices.

Vilardi is slated to be evaluated "after a couple weeks to determine the next step," according to Kings GM Rob Blake. He has been trying to work his way back from an off-season procedure on his back.
Nov 14 - 5:23 PM

Michael Leighton has agreed to a tryout with the AHL's Ontario Reign.

Los Angeles has injuries to number one goalie Jonathan Quick and number two goalie Jack Campbell, so Peter Budaj and Cal Petersen are both up with the big from the minors. Leighton will give the club's farm team another option in the crease.
Nov 14 - 5:19 PM

Matt Luff has been summoned from the minors.

Luff will join the Kings on the club's upcoming road trip, which begins Friday at Chicago. He has skated in three games with Los Angeles this season.
Nov 14 - 12:35 PM

Carl Hagelin has been shipped to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Tanner Pearson.

The Pittsburgh Penguins retained $250,000 salary in the deal. Hagelin has posted one goal and two assists in 16 games this season. He only had 10 markers and 31 points in 81 matches last year. Hagelin can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
Nov 14 - 12:15 PM

Cal Petersen made his NHL debut on Tuesday.

That wasn't the plan, but Peter Budaj was yanked early in the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots. Petersen held his own by stopping 15 of 16 shots the rest of the way. "I had some nerves going in there, but I think once I got my first saves under my belt, it felt good and I was able to settle in," Petersen said. "Obviously, it’s a very good hockey team over there." Petersen is with the Kings in the first place because Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell are both sidelined.
Nov 14 - 7:02 AM

Anze Kopitar is well aware of how bad the Los Angeles Kings' situation is becoming.

Los Angeles suffered a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. It was the Kings' third loss in a row, dropping them to 5-11-1. "It was a lack of desperation, work, energy, emotion, whatever," Kopitar said. "That kind of effort, it’s unacceptable. We’re running out of time here. I mean, there’s 65 games left. Maybe on the outside it seems like there’s plenty of time, but it’s really not. We’ve got to pull our stuff together in a hurry and get it going." Right now the Kings are the worst team in the NHL and its not even close. After Los Angeles' 11 points in 17 games, there are three other teams tied for the second-worst record in the NHL with 15 points. Even though it's just mid-November, an early hole of this size can be very hard to be dug out of.
Nov 14 - 7:00 AM

Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 19 shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Budaj was yanked just 4:33 into the second period after allowing an even-strength goal to Andreas Johnsson to fall behind 4-1. Cal Petersen took over for Budaj in the crease and shut down the Leafs by allowing just one goal on 16 shots. The Kings situation in the blue ice is a mess with Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell each on the shelf right now.
Nov 14 - 6:14 AM

Paul LaDue is slated to be scratched on Tuesday.

LaDue was on the ice for extra work at the morning skate. He had been dealing with an upper-body injury earlier this month, but he appears to be recovered from that.
Nov 13 - 5:35 PM

Jack Campbell (knee) has been moved to injured reserve.

Campbell is slated to miss four-to-six weeks because of a meniscus tear in his knee. He will undergo surgery to repair the damage.
Nov 13 - 5:09 PM

Peter Budaj is expected to start Tuesday's game against Toronto.

Budaj was in the starter's crease during the morning skate and he was on the first goalie off the ice. He is projected to share action with Cal Petersen, while Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell are on the sidelines.
Nov 13 - 4:45 PM

Jonathan Quick (knee) should be back skating in 10 days or so.

Quick hasn't played since Oct. 23 after surgery was required to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He was given a timetable of three-to-six weeks.
Nov 13 - 4:39 PM

The Los Angeles Kings will be using both Peter Budaj and Cal Petersen going forward.

The Kings have lost Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell to injury, so they're going to the third and fourth options on the depth chart. "I think we’ll see both guys as we go forward," head coach Willie Desjardins said. "Peter’s been around and he’s battled hard with us. He’s certainly going to get a chance. Cal coming in, I think it helps for him to get a chance to see the game a little bit, get comfortable. Both guys will see some time. They’ve both waited for it, and it’s their chance, so it’s a good chance for ‘em."
Nov 13 - 10:13 AM

Cal Petersen has been called up by the Los Angeles Kings.

Petersen has a 4.29 GAA and .881 save percentage in 10 AHL games. With Jonathan Quick and Jack Campbell both sidelined, Petersen could share the crease with Peter Budaj.
Nov 12 - 1:27 PM


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