The Kings traded backup goaltender Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday for a third-round pick in the draft in June. They also recalled rookie goalie Martin Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
Scrivens will have a chance to compete for the starting position with the lackluster Oilers, last in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference standings with a 15-29-5 record. Jones will serve as as Jonathan Quick’s backup with the Kings.
It figures to be a lonely job since Quick is expected to get the majority of the starts the rest of the regular season and during the playoffs. Quick is 13-6-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average and two shutouts in 21 games. He was sidelined for 24 games after suffering a groin strain Nov. 12.
Jones’ 8-0-0 start to his NHL career while filling in for Quick cast doubt on Scrivens’ future with the Kings. Jones tied a league record by winning his first eight starts and was 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and three shutouts in 11 games before he was re-assigned to the minors.
Scrivens was 7-5-4 with a 1.97 goals-against average and three shutouts in 19 games. The 27-year-old was acquired with forward Matt Frattin in the deal that sent backup goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs last June 23.
Clearly, the Maple Leafs got the better end of the swap. Scrivens is no longer with the Kings and Frattin has scored only six points (two goals, four assists) in 32 games. Bernier is 15-14-4 with a 2.58 goals-against average and one shutout in 34 games for Toronto.
Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ lineup Saturday, leaving little doubt that he was all over the groin strain that sidelined him for 24 games. Quick made 27 saves in the Kings’ 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, and made it clear there was no need for the team to keep three goalies on their roster. Martin Jones, a 23-year-old rookie, was the odd-man out. Jones was re-assigned Sunday to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate at Manchester, N.H.
Jones took the league by storm, winning his first eight games in the NHL. He began with a nine-round shootout win over the Ducks as a fill-in for Ben Scrivens, who had filled in after Quick was hurt Nov. 12. Jones’ final numbers were remarkable, with an 8-3-0 record, a 1.41 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage plus three shutouts in 11 appearances. The Kings believe it was better to send him to Manchester so he could continue to play. He would likely have been scratched for games if he stayed with the Kings as the third goalie.
For now, the No. 1 goalie spot belongs to Quick, with Scrivens as his backup. Some day that order might change, but that day is not today. Quick figures to get the bulk of the work as long as he remains healthy.
The Kings did not practice Sunday, so Jones was unavailable for comment.
Here’s Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s response when asked if he was well rested for his return to action after sitting out for 24 games because of a groin injury: “I had two months rest, I’m … rested.”
The Kings activated goalie Jonathan Quick from IR in time for him to start Saturday night’s game against Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. Quick sat out the last 24 games after suffering a groin injury during the Kings’ loss Nov. 12 to the Buffalo Sabres. Ben Scrivens served as Quick’s backup for the game against the Canucks, with rookie Martin Jones expected to be sent to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League sooner rather than later. Quick went into Saturday’s game with a 10-5-0 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and one shutout.
Kings forward Dustin Brown and goaltender Jonathan Quick were named to the United States Olympic team Wednesday. It wasn’t exactly a no-brainer that they would make the team that will compete next month in Sochi, Russia. Brown isn’t having a particularly good season and Quick has been sidelined by a groin strain since Nov. 12. Quick is likely slated to serve as a backup to Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. Jimmy Howard of Detroit also was selected as a goalie for Team USA.
Here’s the second part of a group question-and-answer session with Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford:
Question: How’s he (Martin Jones) doing it? Who is this guy and how’s he doing it?
Ranford: “It’s simple. He put the work in. It’s all on him. There’s things over the last couple of years of his development that we’ve asked him to do to get him ready to step into the NHL, and he’s done that. He’s the type of kid I think from the very first day he’s stepped into this building, there was a professionalism about him, the way he approaches his position and his work-ethic and how he’s grown as a goalie down in Manchester and that’s really what it’s all about, developing and putting the work in. That’s on him.”
Here’s the first part of a group question-and-answer session with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford:
Question: How much of it is Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones and how much is it the defense?
Ranford: “I think it’s a combination of both. You need your goalie to make the big saves at the right time and you have to play solid defense. I think this group here, going back to the Terry Murray takes, has taken a lot of pride in their defense. That hasn’t changed.”
Jonathan Quick skated and faced shots for the third consecutive day Wednesday at the Kings’ El Segundo practice facility. He moved another step closer to returning to the lineup after suffering a groin strain in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres.
So, I had all this fine stuff saved up for Ben Scrivens’ return to Toronto, but then came word that he wouldn’t start Wednesday’s game against his old team. Martin Jones would be in the lineup, having recorded victories in his first three NHL games, including back-to-back shutouts. Scrivens talked the other day about enjoying his time with the Maple Leafs, but didn’t think he’d grow misty-eyed at the sight of downtown TO when the team bus cruised down the Gardiner Expressway from Pearson International Airport. He also said he was happy to be a King now.