LA Kings Backup Goaltender Ben Scrivens: A Tale of Two Philosophies

ALSO: Video interview with Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown, and an audio interview with goaltender coach Bill Ranford.

Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, shown
here during a recent practice session.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens talked about his transition from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he hinted that although his work over the summer with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford was positive, the changes the Kings wanted him to make in how he plays did not necessarily mesh with how he was taught by former Maple Leafs goaltending Francois Allaire (now the goaltender coach for the Colorado Avalanche), and current Maple Leafs goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.

“Philosophically, we both want something that makes sense, and so far, it’s been a great dialogue,” Scrivens said about his work with Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh, who handles goaltender development for the Kings. “What he wants, he’s been able to express, explicitly, and in a way that makes sense, and resonates with me.”

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LA Kings: Ben Scrivens Took Competition In Stride, And Willie Mitchell: “It’s Business As Usual For Me”

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — With the pre-season finally over, the Los Angeles Kings put in their first post-training camp practice session on Monday, at their practice facility in El Segundo, California.

Veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell noted that the team still isn’t quite where they want to be before opening the new season in Minnesota on October 3.

“There’s lots of work to do, yet,” said Mitchell. “We’re working on a few things. A few teams get started before us, so we’re just looking forward to it, jumping right in. It’s a back-to-back.”

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Newly-Acquired Backup Goalie Ben Scrivens Is Looking To Learn Through Osmosis With LA Kings

LA Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens spoke to the media during HockeyFest ’13 on September 8, 2013, at
Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES — Even though he knows quite well that he probably won’t be getting much playing time during the fast approaching 2013-14 National Hockey League season, goaltender Ben Scrivens has already settled in the Los Angeles area, and is trying to find his niche with the Los Angeles Kings.

“I came in for the goalie camp in the second week of August, and I’ve been here since, so I’ve been here for about one month,” said the 26-year-old, 6-2, 192-pound native of Spruce-Grove, Alberta.

Scrivens, who was acquired by the Kings from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 24, along with left wing Matt Frattin and a 2014 or 2015 second round selection (Maple Leafs choice), in exchange for goaltender Jonathan Bernier, has been spending the last month getting settled in the South Bay, close to where most Kings players reside.

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Prospects Of Scuderi, Penner Re-Signing With LA Kings; Contract Extension For Brown?

Will veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi re-sign with the Los Angeles Kings, or will he try the unrestricted
free agency market again?
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LOS ANGELES — Now that the dust has settled after the Los Angeles Kings’ trade on June 23 that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for right wing Matt Frattin, goaltender Ben Scrivens, and a 2014 or 2015 second round draft pick (Toronto’s choice), it’s time to clean up the loose ends in the notebook…

After signing defenseman Slava Voynov, and now the Bernier trade, the Kings have $6.64 million in salary cap space available, but they also have nine players remaining on their National Hockey League roster with expiring contracts, including six restricted free agents, and three unrestricted free agents.

For Frozen Royalty’s analysis of what the Kings’ might do with their off-season personnel moves, see Unless Dean Lombardi’s Middle Name Is “Houdini,” 2013-14 LA Kings Will Look At Least A Bit Different.

As stated in that June 18 story, it appears even more likely that unless veteran defenseman Rob Scuderi is willing to accept a salary lower than the $3.4 million he earned this past season, he will not return to the Kings. That said, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi is working on it.

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New LA Kings Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens Make A Quick Stop In Southern California

Matt Frattin (left) and Ben Scrivens (right)
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Photo: Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES — On June 24, one day after being acquired by the Los Angeles Kings in the trade that sent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs, right wing Matt Frattin and goaltender Ben Scrivens made a quick stop in the Los Angeles area to tour the team’s practice facility, meet the staff, and undergo medical examinations.

Talk about a whirlwind 24 hours.

“I was out at the lake this past weekend, and I got a call from Dave Nonis, who is the GM (general manager) with Toronto, and he relayed the message to me that I got traded to L.A,” said Frattin. “A little later after that, [Kings assistant general manager] Ron Hextall gave me a call, too, and kind of just tried to set up some stuff for me to come down after that.”

“Personally, I did not know there were too many trade talks,” added Frattin. “I mean, you hear rumors within the media, but you don’t try to think too much of it, because Toronto—the media is pretty crazy up there. But other than that, most of it was probably behind closed doors, and I don’t think too many people knew about the trade rumors.”

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