Strong Goalie Pipeline Is A First And A Sign Of Strength For The Los Angeles Kings

Goalie prospect Martin Jones speaks to the media during the
Los Angeles Kings 2011 Development Camp at the
Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California,
July 11-12, 2011.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

EL SEGUNDO, CA — With Jonathan Quick having established himself as a legitimate number one goaltender in the National Hockey League, and with Jonathan Bernier performing admirably in the backup role in his rookie year this past season, the Los Angeles Kings may have a one-two punch in goal that they have never had before.

Although Rogie Vachon is still the best goaltender in the history of the franchise, and Gary Edwards, the backup netminder during all but one of Vachon’s seasons with the Kings, was no slouch, the Kings’ current netminders have the potential to surpass the tandem of Vachon and Edwards.

Indeed, the Kings certainly appear to be set in goal for the foreseeable future. Read more of this post

Frozen Royalty Audio: LA Kings Swept By Phoenix Coyotes In Pre-Season Split-Squad Games

LOS ANGELES — Mikkel Boedker, Brett Maclean and Eric Belanger scored goals and Al Montoya made 19 saves to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in split-squad, pre-season action at Staples Center on September 23. Read more of this post

LA Kings Assign Jonathan Bernier To Manchester While Monarchs Sign Backup Goalies

Jonathan Bernier Courtesy Los Angeles Kings/NHL

Jonathan Bernier
Photo courtesy LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA AND MANCHESTER, NH — On April 2, the Los Angeles Kings assigned goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, their primary minor league affiliate. In related news, the Monarchs signed goaltenders Jean-Francois Berube and Dave Wilson to amateur tryout agreements.

Bernier, 21, has a 3-0-0 record in three appearances with the Kings this season, earning a 1.30 goals-against average (GAA) and a .957 save percentage with one shutout, his first in the National Hockey League.

With the Monarchs this season, Bernier is 29-20-6 in 56 games, with a 2.07 GAA, a .936 save percentage and eight shutouts. Read more of this post

Has Dean Lombardi Solved The LA Kings’ Goaltending Woes?

LOS ANGELES — With the exception of should-be-a-Hall-of-Famer Rogie Vachon, Mario Lessard and Felix Potvin (for about one season), “goaltending” and “Los Angeles Kings” should not be used in the same sentence unless the idea is to cause uncontrollable laughter or crushing despair, depending on who you might be talking to. Read more of this post

Oscar Moller Among LA Kings’ Second Round Of Training Camp Cuts

Oscar Moller Photo: LA Kings/NHL

Oscar Moller
Photo: LA Kings/NHL

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 20, the Los Angeles Kings made their second round of training camp cuts, highlighted by the assignment of center Oscar Moller to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.

Also assigned to Manchester were centers Justin Azevedo, Corey Elkins, Andrei Loktionov, Juraj Mikus and Jordan Nolan, left wings Bud Holloway, Dwight King and David Meckler, right wings Scott Parse and Geoff Walker, defenseman Patrick Mullen and Viatcheslav Voynov and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff. Read more of this post


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