Marian Gaborik update and catch-up on weekend Kings news

Top-line forward Marian Gaborik skated with his teammates Monday and there’s zero reason he won’t play in the Kings’ regular-season opener Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center. …

The Kings on Sunday assigned goaltender Jean-Francois Berube and center Jordan Weal to their American Hockey League team in Manchester, N.H., and placed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk on injured reserve. …

The team also announced Sunday it signed right wing Justin Auger and defenseman Zachary Leslie to three-year entry-level contracts. They were assigned to Manchester on Sept. 26, after joining the Kings for the first week of training camp.

 

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Kings recall Martin Jones from Manchester, send J.F. Berube to minors

As expected, with the Olympic break over, the Kings recalled rookie goaltender Martin Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and sent goalie J.F. Berube back to the minors. Jones, who is 8-4-0 with a 1.71 goals-against average, is expected to serve as Jonathan Quick’s backup for the rest of the season. The Kings return to the ice Wednesday to face the Colorado Avalanche. Berube has appeared in 34 games this season, all with Manchester.

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