January 7 notes: No new guys; Clifford skates - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from El Segundo. There were no real line rushes at today’s skate, and because the team went up and down the ice in groups of three, it was a bit easier to get a sense of the forward groups than it was the defensive pairings. It should also be noted that the morning skate concluded at 10:07 a.m., which may be a record even for Viking Standard Time. Jeff Carter was on the ice and was grouped with Tanner Pearson and Marian Gaborik in getting up and down the ice, similar to yesterday’s alignment. Neither Vincent Lecavalier nor Luke Schenn were took part in the skate. It’s a bit tough to get a firm sense of who will be in tonight’s lineup against Toronto (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / KABC 790 / I Heart Radio), and Darryl Sutter hasn’t met with the media yet, but the safe bet is the lines shown yesterday will hold up tonight, which could mean that Michael Mersch, Lecavalier and Schenn would be tonight’s scratches.

-I’ve been told that both Schenn and Lecavalier were supposed to have landed at 10:30 a.m. From LAX, they’re expected to take their physicals off-site before heading to Toyota Sports Center. As of now, they’re expected to meet with the media after the first day minutiae of joining a new team is addressed, but that might be pushed back. We spoke with Drew Doughty about the two new Kings earlier today, and I’ll share his sentiments soon.

-Kyle Clifford (upper-body) took the ice after the team’s skate concluded. He said it was not the first time he had gotten on the ice since suffering an injury when he was elbowed in the face by Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman on December 6.

-Matt Greene (shoulder surgery) was in the team’s facility this morning. He is out for the season, Dean Lombardi said in yesterday’s conference call.

-As for Toronto, the Kings could see James Reimer in net tonight. From MapleLeafs.com:
Toronto will play the second of its three-game trip to California on Thursday; the Maple Leafs opened it with a 4-0 win at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. After the victory, coach Mike Babcock said goalie James Reimer will start Thursday if he’s physically ready; Reimer hasn’t started since Dec. 3 because of a groin injury. Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves Wednesday and has started each of the Maple Leafs’ past eight games (6-2-0). “It was a good way to start the road trip,” Babcock said. “Obviously we’ve got a tough back-to-back with L.A. waiting for us [Thursday].”

-More to come throughout the day, including more coverage of yesterday’s trade…

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Adrian Kempe

#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.