Left wing limbo.

The other interesting tidbit I got from practice today (that won’t be in tomorrow’s paper) was Taylor’s take on how they’ve been coping at left wing since Maxime Boisclair left the team, and Ryan MacGregor got injured. Three defensemen – Dan Knapp, Andrew Martens and Ryan Card (before he was traded) – all filled in there at some point.

Said Taylor: “We’ve been looking to fill that void to get that big offensive body. Marty did a great job at it. He almost did too good a job where I have to leave him up there. Knapper’s a good solid defensive guy, scored for us. When you have a selfless guy who works as hard as he had to learn the position, it rubs off on the whole team.”

But they’re getting MacGregor back on this road trip to Alaska. Denny Johnston, too, though he’s a natural center; we’ll see how Taylor uses him.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.