The deal is done. The Kings swapped defensemen with the Chicago Blackhawks, acquiring Rob Scuderi and parting with Christian Ehrhoff. Scuderi helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup championship in 2012. He has been playing with Rockford of the AHL. Ehrhoff has been with Ontario of the AHL. Scuderi is 37. Ehrhoff is 33. Scuderi was scoreless in 17 games with the Blackhawks. Ehrhoff had two goals and 10 points in 40 games for the Kings. Scuderi can be an unrestricted free agent after next season. Ehrhoff can be a UFA after this one.
The Kings sent defenseman Kevin Gravel to Ontario to make room for Scuderi on their roster.
The Kings are finalizing a deal to re-acquire defenseman Rob Scuderi from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Scuderi no longer plays for the Blackhawks, but has been with Rockford (Ill.) of the AHL for three games. Ehrhoff no longer plays for the Kings, but has been with Ontario of the AHL for five games. Scuderi, 37, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after next season. Ehrhoff, 33, can become a UFA after this season.
Scuderi was a member of the KIngs’ 2012 Stanley Cup championship team.
The Kings assigned defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League on Thursday, after he cleared waivers earlier in the day. They also recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from Ontario to take Ehrhoff’s spot on the roster and summoned Reign goalie Peter Budaj on an emergency recall.
Budaj was recalled to serve as a backup to Jhonas Enroth after Jonathan Quick suffered an injury during the Kings’ 9-2 victory Tuesday over the Boston Bruins. Quick was said to be day-to-day, but Thursday was not his day. The 33-year-old Budaj led the AHL with 26 victories, a 1.58 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and eight shutouts.
Gravel, 23, was called up to the NHL for the first time. The former St. Cloud State standout had 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 42 games for the Reign.
Kings defenseman Christian Ehrhoff cleared waivers Thursday at 9 a.m., and that wasn’t a big surprise. The Kings could send him to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, clearing the way to recall defenseman Kevin Gravel.
The Kings placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Teams have until 9 a.m. Thursday to claim him. Ehrhoff had two goals and 11 points in 40 games in his first season with the Kings, who signed him last summer to a one-season, $1.5-million contract. He played last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after the Buffalo Sabres bought him out of the final seven seasons of a 10-year, $40-million contract.
Key play: Jeff Carter’s goal, on a breakaway with 17.4 seconds left in 3-on-3 overtime, gave the Kings a 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon over the Nashville Predators at Staples Center. The Kings’ victory was their seventh in a row.
Pivotal performer: Kings winger Tyler Toffoli scored his team-leading eighth and ninth goals, including a first-period strike while they were on a power play.
Quote, unquote: “I can’t tell you that,” Carter deadpanned when asked about his strategy on his game-winning goal.
Injury updates: Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff suffered an upper-body injury on a second-period hit against the boards by the Predators’ Mike Ribeiro. Defenseman Matt Greene sat out for the seventh game because of an upper-body injury. He resumed practicing with his teammates Friday.
Big save: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made a sprawling stop on a point-blank attempt by the Predators’ Colin Wilson in the second period.
Up next: The Kings begin a two-game trip Monday at Chicago.
The Kings really, really, really don’t like to talk about injuries or injured players. Here’s a Monday update, however:
Defensemen Matt Greene and Jake Muzzin suffered unspecified upper-body injuries during the Kings’ shootout victory Sunday over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. Neither finished the game and coach Darryl Sutter said Monday each was considered day-to-day.
It’s uncertain whether they can play in Tuesday’s home exhibition against the Ducks.
Sutter played only four defenseman for most of the final two periods plus overtime of a 2-1 victory, which resulted in 30 minutes, 18 seconds of ice time for Christian Ehrhoff and 27:52 for Drew Doughty. Sutter joked that he might try four defenseman again against the Ducks.