Martin Jones signs two-year contract
Martin Jones has signed a two-year contract, the club announced Tuesday.
Jones, who had been a restricted free agent, is already in Los Angeles and will join the team for training camp. Players are scheduled to report on Wednesday, with the first on-ice practices taking place at the Toyota Sports Center on Thursday in El Segundo.
Jones, 23, was 27-25-4 with a 2.53 goals against average and .919 save percentage with five shutouts with the Manchester Monarchs in 2012-13, his third AHL season. In Manchester’s four-game first round loss to Springfield in the Calder Cup Playoffs, he posted a 2.16 GAA and .932 Sv%.
Jones was originally signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent following training camp in October, 2008.
There is a goaltending logjam throughout the organization, which isn’t a bad issue to have. Jonathan Quick’s 10-year contract kicks in this season, while Ben Scrivens joined the team from Toronto in the Jonathan Bernier trade. John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor also reported that Mathieu Garon will be a training camp invite. Jones, the Monarchs’ starter, will be joined by rookie camp standout Mathias Niederberger, who was signed to a one-year contract by the AHL club in July.
The glut of goaltenders could mean that J.F. Berube, a fourth round draft pick in 2009, could report to ECHL-Ontario for the third consecutive season. Patrik Bartosak, who impressively stopped 25-of-26 shots through two periods in last night’s 3-2 rookie game win over Anaheim and is the reigning CHL goaltender of the year, will rejoin WHL-Red Deer as an overager despite being eligible to play professionally as a 20-year-old.
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