"The Kings are on the ice for practice, but without Ethan Moreau, who was placed on waivers this morning. Moreau also did not play in the third period last night. Otherwise, the top two lines are the same and Willie Mitchell is once again a full participant in practice. Moreau’s presumed removal from the roster tomorrow — teams will have until 9 a.m. Pacific time to put in claims — would clear up a roster spot for Mitchell. More updates to come…"
Seriously? From what I've seen, I'd rather hang on to him & waive Hunter - but what do I know?
I actually thought the exact same thing when I heard the news as well. While Moreau has been a bonehead on penalties, he performs his job well on the fourth line and has the same production as Hunter... It just seems like Dean is trying to create space for Voynov/Loktionov. Voynov especially cannot be sent down. We need him and he deserves to be here. At least, that is what I am hoping, it could also be for Loktionov as Dean feels that he adds more offense to the lineup, though it all depends on how Richards' doctor visit went (which coincidentally went down last night), so hopefully this isn't a sign that Richards is out for an extended period of time and Loktionov has to routinely fill in as the second line center. I think he can handle it, but obviously would rather prefer Richards...
"It has not been a good day. I lost my glasses early this morning and I had to go buy a pair of 79 dollar reading glasses today. 79 bucks. You can literally get them at Costco, three-for-20." - Darryl Sutter's response to going up 2-0 in the series.
I on the other hand would rather keep Hunter, although preferably neither of them. He started off well and finished up horribly, this had to be done.
As bitten as Hunter has been...he has more a nose for the net then Moreau. Glad to see it happen. Hopefully he can go down to the AHL and his grit and leadership can rub off on guys like Kaunisto, Cliche and Nolan.