The Los Angeles Kings have announced the following player transactions:
Assigned to Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League):
BARRY BRUST – Goalie
YUTAKA FUKUFUJI – Goalie
BRENDAN BERNAKEVITCH – Center (training camp tryout)
MATT RYAN – Center
KONSTANTIN PUSHKAREV – Right Wing
RICHARD SEELEY – Defenseman (training camp tryout)
JEFF TAMBELLINI – Left Wing
BRAD SMYTH – Right Wing
LAURI TUKONEN – Right Wing
JOEY MORMINA – Defenseman
DANY ROUSSIN – Left Wing
PETR KANKO – Left Wing
CONNOR JAMES – Center (training camp tryout)
RYAN MURPHY – Left Wing (training camp tryout)
Assigned to Sodertalje SK (Swedish Elite League)
ANZE KOPITAR - Center
Released to Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
NATE METCALF – Defenseman (training camp tryout)
ORIEL McHUGH – Defenseman (training camp tryout)
The Kings have 31 players remaining on their 2005 preseason roster (18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders).
The Kings (preseason record of 2-1-0-0) depart tomorrow, Thursday, for their annual pre-season Frozen Fury contest at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas versus Colorado on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Kings are scheduled to practice at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo prior to their departure to Las Vegas.
Norstrom, Miller, Visnovsky, Dempsey and Gleason are locks on defense. The last spot is up for grabs and I think it comes down to Corvo or Grebeshkov, with Weaver or Norton taking up the 7th D spot.
Up front, the top 3 lines are set with Roenick, Frolov, Cammalleri, Demitra, Conroy, Brown, Robitaille, Bure and Armstrong. The only question is whether or not Armstrong will be placed on IR or if he will be ready. IF Armstrong is still injured, Belanger will move up to center Robitaille and Bure and Avery will be the checking line center between Cowan and Kostopoulos.
The role of the enforcer comes down to K. Belanger, Parros, Flinn and Norton. We may see the Kings carrying two on the roster (Norton as the 7th dman and/or extra forward, and one of the other three as the heavyweight enforcer).
I see Noah Clarke making the team as healthy scratch, finding his way in the lineup every now and then. Tambellini or Roussin will take up his LW position in Manchester as both belong in a top six scoring role with the Monarchs.
and I guess that means the Kings failed in trying to convince Anze of staying.
I read a story in the Times that said the Kings left it up to him where he preferred to play, Manchester or Sweden. He chose Sweden, because it's closer to home. The kid just turned 18, so it's understandable and from the quotes I read, the Kings were fine with it.
Bernakevitch has been assigned to Manchester. Could this mean Kings have agreed on a contract with him or is he just an invitee to the Monarchs camp? They need to get that kid signed.
Real bummer that Fukufuji got injured and missed half of training camp, including his chance to play in a preseason game. Is there anything to be read into the fact that he was assigned to Manchester or is he likely just going to their camp before being shipped to the ECHL?
Good for Clarke and Giuliano. Not totally surprising, but mildly surprising that they made it past the 2nd cut. Congrats to them.