LA Kings Recall Defenseman Alec Martinez; Place Wayne Simmonds on Injured Reserve
December 16, 2009 3 Comments
EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 16, the Los Angeles Kings placed right wing Wayne Simmonds on injured reserve (retroactive to December 11) and recalled defenseman Alec Martinez from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate.
Simmonds, 21, underwent successful surgery on December 14 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is listed as week-to-week. The 6-2, 193-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario has scored nine goals and has added fourteen assists for 23 points in 33 games this season.
Martinez, 22, began the season with the Kings, making his National Hockey League debut on October 5. After recovering from an ankle sprain, he was assigned to Manchester and has scored three goals and has contributed three assists for six points with six penalty minutes with a +4 plus/minus rating in thirteen games.
Last season, the 6-1, 208-pound native of Rochester Hills, Michigan scored eight goals and added fifteen assists for 23 points with 42 penalty minutes in 72 games with the Monarchs.
Martinez will fill in for defenseman Jack Johnson, who took a slap shot off his foot during the Kings’ 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on December 15. He is expected to miss Friday’s game at Calgary. He is expected to return to the lineup when the Kings resume action after an eight-day break in the schedule on December 26 at Phoenix.
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