Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stefan Legein and David Meckler cleared waivers this morning and were assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. Unfortunately, that means the Kings are now fully prepared for the NHL lockout that will take place at 9 p.m. Pacific time unless some type of miraculous last-minute deal takes place. The Kings have assigned 18 players to Manchester, and five more can sign AHL contracts in the event that the lockout is still going when AHL training camps open (that’s Sept. 27 for the Monarchs). For the sake of clarity, here’s the status of each of the Kings’ players and prospects, presuming a lockout tonight… [Updated with Slava Voynov being assigned to Manchester.]
Jonathan Bernier, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske, Colin Fraser, Simon Gagne, Matt Greene, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Dustin Penner, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll, Kevin Westgarth and Justin Williams.
LOANED TO MANCHESTER MONARCHS (AHL)
Andy Andreoff, J-F Berube, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Robert Czarnik, Nic Deslauriers, Martin Jones, David Kolomatis, Brandon Kozun, Stefan Legein, Andrei Loktionov, David Meckler, Jordan Nolan, Brian O’Neill, Tanner Pearson, Nikolay Prokhorkin, Tyler Toffoli, Linden Vey, Slava Voynov and Jordan Weal.
LOCKED OUT, BUT CAN SIGN AHL CONTRACTS
Andrew Campbell, Marc-Andre Cliche, Rich Clune, Thomas Hickey and Jake Muzzin.
PLAYING IN OTHER LEAGUES
Nic Dowd (St. Cloud State, NCAA), Nick Ebert (Windsor, OHL), Derek Forbort (North Dakota, NCAA), Chris Gibson (Chicoutimi, QMJHL), Kevin Gravel (St. Cloud State, NCAA), Tomas Hyka (Gatineau, QMJHL), Paul LaDue (Lincoln, USHL), Joel Lowry (Cornell, NCAA), Kurtis MacDermid (Owen Sound, OHL), Michael Mersch (Wisconsin, NCAA), Colin Miller (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL), Alex Roach (Calgary, WHL), Michael Schumacher (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) and Nick Shore (Denver, NCAA).
Also, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com has put together a helpful primer of lockout rules, including salaries, injuries, playing in Europe, etc. It can be found by clicking here.