The Kings recalled J.F. Berube on Saturday as Martin Jones, who is dealing with an ailment that isn’t expected to sideline him for any extensive length of time, won’t dress against the Anaheim Ducks at Staples Center.
To create room for Berube on the active roster, Los Angeles placed Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis) on injured reserve.
Other roster moves could follow in the coming days. Robyn Regehr, on injured reserve with a hand injury, is nearing a return. Jeff Schultz, who wouldn’t have to clear waivers if he was up for fewer than 30 days and played in less than 10 games, could be loaned to Manchester. He has played eight games and his recall took place on December 19, so there is a chance that tonight could be the final game he plays prior to a hypothetical Manchester loan.
As it stands right now, Toffoli and Regehr are on injured reserve, with Jamie McBain, Andy Andreoff and Martin Jones likely serving as tonight’s scratches.
As for tonight’s back-up, Berube is expected to arrive at the arena in time:
Hearing JF Berube should get to game in time. So @KellyHrudey and Mr Ranford can rest easy :-)
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) January 17, 2015
If Berube’s flight has any issues, Kings can just ask Dean to talk for a while during Blake’s ceremony.
— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) January 17, 2015
With Berube up with the Kings, Patrik Bartosak should receive a widened opportunity in Manchester, where he’s 6-5-2 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 13 games this season.
As noted in the Kings’ press release, Berube will become the first King to wear number 35 since Jason LaBarbera did so from October, 2005 through December, 2008. Though he was recalled last season to keep two goaltenders on the active roster while Martin Jones received playing time in Manchester during the Olympic break, Berube has not yet appeared in a regular season NHL game.