Ever since the Kings traded backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer there was some question as to Bernier’s replacement. The Kings acquired goalie Ben Scrivens from the Maple Leafs, but there was no guarantee he would get the job. The Kings had six possible candidates to serve as Jonathan Quick’s backup when training camp began. With camp at an end Sunday, the Kings cut the number to one when they released Mathieu Garon and handed the role to Scrivens.
Scrivens was the Maple Leafs’ backup last season, going 7-9-0 with a 2.69 goals-against average in 20 appearances. He also was 14-7-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average in 22 games for Toronto of the American Hockey League. Garon, a former Kings starter, spent last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and was 5-9-2 with a 2.90 GAA.