The Kings loaned defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk to the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League on Friday, trimming their roster to 28 before playing their final two exhibition games in Las Vegas. The Kings face the New York Rangers on Friday and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They open the season for real on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at St. Paul, Minn.
The Kings added depth to their goaltending corps Tuesday when they agreed to terms with Martin Jones on a two-year deal. Jones had a 27-25-4 record with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage plus five shutouts in 56 games last season with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. He was fourth in the AHL in victories, tied for sixth in shutouts and second in saves. He has been with the Monarchs for the last three seasons. He was originally signed by the Kings as a free agent in 2008.
Another day, another move by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi to secure the franchise’s future. Lombardi re-signed minor-league forward Brandon Kozun to a one-season contract Wednesday, one day after coming to terms with defenseman Slava Voynov on a six-year extension worth $25 million. Kozun and Voynov are each 23.
Hockey players are never ones to reveal injuries. So we ask after the final game of the season. Dustin Brown said he had a torn PCL in his left knee, which won’t require surgery but which did affect his mobility. Justin Williams was playing with a partially separated shoulder. Had Anze Kopitar been around, the same would’ve been asked of him but didn’t see him postgame. Definitely looked like something was wrong for Kopitar. Then there were all those injuries and concussions we did know about. But again, at this time of the year, most players are battling through something. The Kings seemed to have more of their fare share of things.