Cliche claimed; Kozun, Campbell clear waivers - LA Kings Insider

Marc-André Cliche was claimed off waivers by the Colorado Avalanche, while Brandon Kozun and Andrew Campbell cleared waivers and were loaned to the Manchester Monarchs.

31 players remain with the Kings.

The Monarchs will be in search of a new captain. Cliché, the team’s captain for the previous three years, appeared in one game with Los Angeles in the 2009-10 season after joining the organization along with Jason Ward, Jan Marek and future considerations on February 5, 2007 in a trade that sent Sean Avery, John Seymour and future considerations to the New York Rangers.


Kozun, who has averaged 50 points a season through his three years in Manchester, had intermittent accelerations in his development after emerging as an interesting prospect during rookie games and training camps earlier in his tenure with the Kings after being selected in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He led the major junior Canadian Hockey Leagues in scoring with 107 points with the Calgary Hitmen in 2009-10.

In a discussion with Monarchs coach Mark Morris earlier in training camp, there was a reference towards the 23-year-old “becoming a 200-foot player.”

He’s been a bit of a project for us, there’s no question about it. But that kid’s got some unbelievable skill. We’ve had a lot of long talks, and our relationship is very good…I think we’d be missing a big component this year [if he was claimed]. I hope he shows well in the main camp. I really do. I hope he turns some heads and scores goals that I know he can score and plays the type of defense he’s capable of. Towards the end of last year we stuck him out there on the penalty kill. He’s grown, and he’s becoming a 200-foot player. He’s getting more pucks deep. He’s less risky. He is a special talent, and we’d miss him if we lost him.

Campbell, 25, was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft. An alternate captain in Manchester last season, the 6-foot-3 defenseman with a long reach joined the team early in Nashville early in the 2012-13 season but did not draw into a game. He has 345 games of AHL experience over five seasons and is a plus-41 over the last three years.

The following players remain with the team:

Matt Greene
Keaton Ellerby
Jake Muzzin
Drew Doughty
Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez
Willie Mitchell
Robyn Regehr
Andrew Bodnarchuk
Jeff Schultz
Derek Forbort

Mike Richards
Anze Kopitar
Kyle Clifford
Justin Williams
Daniel Carcillo
Matt Frattin
Trevor Lewis
Dustin Brown
Colin Fraser
Jarret Stoll
Nick Shore
Linden Vey
Tanner Pearson
Jordan Nolan
Tyler Toffoli
Dwight King
Jeff Carter

Mathieu Garon
Jonathan Quick
Ben Scrivens

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#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.