LA Kings assign forward Michael Mersch to Ontario of the AHL

The Kings on Friday assigned forward Michael Mersch to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, which means he could play in their game against the San Diego Gulls and then rejoin the Kings for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators at Staples Center. See how that works?

Mersch has scored one goal and three points in 15 games with the Kings.

He has 12 goals and 15 points in 19 games with the Reign.

Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls represented on AHL All-Star team

Ontario Reign captain Vincent LoVerde, goalie Peter Budaj and forward Michael Mersch were named Thursday to represent the Pacific Division in the AHL All-Star Classic on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Syracuse, N.Y. They’ll be joined by defenseman Brandon Montour and left wing Nick Ritchie of the San Diego Gulls. Here’s a link to a story from the AHL website: http://theahl.com/rosters-announced-for-ahl-all-star-classic-p200847

Happy New Year reading (my favorite Kings and Ducks stories from 2015)

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I’ve picked out three of my favorite stories from 2015. Hope you enjoy reading them (or re-reading them) as much as I did reporting and writing them:

On the AHL’s successful migration into California for 2015-16:

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20151222/ahl-migration-to-california-cities-is-a-hockey-bonanza

On the Kings’ remarkable marketing success in the wake of Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and ’14:

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150219/winning-two-stanley-cups-has-helped-feed-the-la-kings-marketing-machine

On the enormous but silent presence of Teemu Selanne hanging over the Ducks-Winnipeg Jets first-round playoff series:

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20150421/teemu-selannes-presence-looms-over-anaheim-ducks-winnipeg-jets-series

LA Kings return forward Michael Mersch to Ontario Reign of AHL

The Kings on Wednesday assigned forward Michael Mersch to their American Hockey League team in Ontario. Mersch played six games for the Kings and made his NHL debut Dec. 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was scoreless with a minus-2 defensive rating. The 23-year-old Mersch had 12 goals and 15 points in 19 games with the Reign before the Kings recalled him.

Kings return defensemen Jeff Schultz, Nick Ebert to Ontario … not that they ever left town

The Kings on Tuesday assigned defensemen Jeff Schultz and Nick Ebert to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, which was an odd move since they never joined the big club after their recall Monday. Schultz and Ebert practiced with the Reign on Tuesday and stayed put. The Kings are hunkered down at a resort outside of Montreal while awaiting Thursday’s game against the Canadiens.

The Kings also placed defenseman Matt Greene (shoulder surgery) on long-term IR.

LA Kings recall defensemen Jeff Schultz and Nick Ebert from Ontario Reign of AHL

The Kings on Monday recalled defensemen Jeff Schultz and Nick Ebert from their American Hockey League team in Ontario. Schultz, 26, had three assists and a plus-7 defensive rating in 20 games for the Reign. Ebert, 21, had four assists and a plus-7 defensive rating in 16 games in Ontario. The Kings faced the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

LA Kings assign defenseman Derek Forbort to Ontario of AHL

The Kings sent defenseman Derek Forbort to their American Hockey League team in Ontario on Thursday, a sign that Matt Greene could be ready to return to their lineup for Saturday’s game against the Nashville Predators. The Kings had a day off Thursday, so players and coaches were unavailable for comment. Forbort, 23, made his NHL debut in the Kings’ 2-1 victory Oct. 16 over the Minnesota Wild.

Kings recall defenseman Jamie McBain from AHL Ontario

The Kings recalled defenseman Jamie McBain from their AHL team in Ontario ahead of Thursday’s game against the Sharks in San Jose. McBain had a goal and an assist in three games for the Reign. He also had a plus-3 defensive rating. The 27-year-old McBain has played in 301 NHL games over six seasons, including 26 contests last season with the Kings. He had three goals and nine points in 2014-15.

AHL opens play Pacific Division play in California (links)

The American Hockey League made his California debut Saturday.

The Ducks’ new team, the Gulls, played to a sellout crowd in San Diego. Here’s a link to the story in the San Diego Union-Tribune: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/oct/10/in-opener-gulls-roar/

The Kings’ new team, the Reign, traveled from its home base in Ontario to play in Bakersfield. Here’s a link to the story from the Riverside Press-Enterprise via their stringer in Bakersfield: http://www.pe.com/articles/reign-783120-nhl-season.htmlhttp://

Kings sign goaltender Peter Budaj to a 1-year contract

The Kings signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-season contract Friday, but don’t expect him to play in the NHL unless there’s an injury to Jonathan Quick and/or backup Jhonas Enroth later this season. Budaj, 30, will begin the season with the Kings’ new AHL team, the Reign. Ontario opens play in the new Pacific Division of the AHL on Saturday in Bakersfield.