September 22, 2013 10:53 am

Cliche claimed; Kozun, Campbell clear waivers

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:

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

FORWARDS
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

GOALTENDERS
Mathieu Garon
Jonathan Quick
Ben Scrivens

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