October 11 Sunday notes, links: Schultz, Richards, Reign - LA Kings Insider

Per the usual crew, Jeff Schultz has been placed on waivers. Should he clear, the Kings will assign him to AHL-Ontario, according to hockey ops, and no corresponding move will be made at this time. This clears up a little bit of a path for Derek Forbort to earn some playing time should a need arise as he now steps into a seventh defenseman role. When Schultz was signed two off-seasons ago to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $850,000, the thought was that the additional year and a somewhat high cap hit might discourage teams from putting in a waiver claim. Now that the additional year has been spent, the question is raised as to whether a team will do so. That might be a bit of a stretch, as Boston (nee San Jose) defenseman Matt Irwin was also placed on waivers, and is two years younger than Schultz and comes with a lower cap hit.

-The Ontario Reign traveled up to Oil Country and shut down the Bakersfield Condors 5-0 in their American Hockey League debut Saturday night. Peter Budaj notched a 21-save shutout, Vincent LoVerde scored the first goal in the team’s AHL history 8:53 into the first period, and Kris Newbury (x2), Scott Sabourin and Paul Bissonnette added goals for Mike Stothers’ bunch. Before making their Inland Empire grand opening on October 23-24, they’ll travel to Winnipeg this coming week to face the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Center on Thursday and Saturday.

-The NHL has defended the settlement between Mike Richards and the Kings, writes Pierre LeBrun. There’s an interesting (and fairly lengthy) defense of the agreement by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

-If you haven’t yet read it, you need to get your eyes on this Lisa Dillman LA Times story in which Dean Lombardi opens up about the emotional fall-out and timeline over the Richards situation.

-More good reading: Jack Jablonski is both a USC student and a Kings communications intern this season. He recently spoke with fellow Trojan Rich Hammond.

Congratulations to Peter Budaj on his 21-save shutout performance tonight to help us to our first #AHL win in team history!

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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.

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


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