Players on the mend travel with Kings; 22 or 23-man roster? - LA Kings Insider

Drew Doughty (upper-body), Jarret Stoll (hip surgery), Jonathan Quick (wrist surgery) and Marian Gaborik (body) traveled to San Jose with the Kings this afternoon and will be with the club for their three-game, six-day road trip. Daryl Sutter had said on Sunday that Doughty, Stoll and Quick had been fully cleared to play.

Darryl Sutter, on Marian Gaborik:
He’ll travel and practice and play at some point.

Sutter, on Jonathan Quick:
Same thing. Everybody is the same as yesterday. That’s the luxury of three games. We’re not playing ‘em all three games. Just talk to ‘em tonight and kind of go from there.

Sutter had previously addressed the question over whether the Kings would open the season with 22 or 23 players, and whether the forward-defenseman ratio would be 14-7, 13-8 or 13-7. On Monday, he was asked if his decision was becoming clearer.

“You know, I don’t know yet,” he said. “It probably depends – numbers to do with salary cap, too. So you’d have to talk to Dean more. If we carried the full roster, you’re at either 14, seven and two, if that’s healthy, and if you go the other way, it’s 13, eight and two. I’m not either way strong. Obviously I’d prefer because we start with seven of 11 at home here, you’re not having to get somebody out on the road, right? So, obviously with that travel, you might be better having your full complement of guys for the first little bit so you’re not having to get somebody. It’s basically a whole day of travel to get ‘em.”

The challenges of recalling a player from Manchester, New Hampshire – a process that requires either a change of planes or an hour-long drive to Boston, coupled with a six-hour flight – was addressed as well, as was the developing discussions of relocating a handful of American Hockey League teams closer to their west coast parent clubs.

Sutter, on the discussions of creating a western AHL division:
They keep [talking about it], so as long as they keep the stick in the fire…There are teams that can drive a player, or hour flight a player. [Reporter: That’s a big advantage.] Yep. Darn rights. And it’s a big advantage to the player, too. It’s hard to bring the guys all that way, and basically a whole travel day, and you’ve pretty much got to know the day before, which is sometimes a tough call. I mean, basically you’re putting trainers on the spot a lot.

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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


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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.

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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