Yesterday's waived players clear; Trotman now on waivers - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Toyota Sports Center. I’ll have a practice report after the guys get off the ice, but here are several quick notes on waivers and expected roster moves related to the previous and upcoming 24 hours:

Ontario Reign fans can take a deep breath. Peter Budaj, Jack Campbell, Andrew Crescenzi and Vincent LoVerde, who were placed on waivers yesterday, cleared. Budaj, the AHL’s top goaltender and Ontario’s most valuable player last season, had the greatest chance of getting claimed; expect notice soon that some of the four (Budaj was on the ice with the Kings today) have been assigned to Ontario. That Budaj cleared is also probably an indication that there might not be room for Thomas McCollum on the Reign’s roster this season. I’ll share any additional roster moves that could involve McCollum (and others) at a later point.

Also, via reports earlier today, defenseman Zach Trotman was placed on waivers, an indication that the team will assign him to Ontario should he clear. Trotman was essentially among the slightly longer shots of the defensemen to make the team, but with the rise of fellow right shot Paul LaDue (who is still probably a longer shot to make the team out of camp, but has impressed and is certainly being considered), and the stronger camp, according to team sources, experienced by left-shot Kurtis MacDermid, Trotman, signed on July 1 for $650,000, wasn’t at the very top of the depth chart amongst the tweener-type players. Kevin Gravel (who wouldn’t have to clear waivers) and Derek Forbort (who would) were generally regarded as more likely to earn a spot with the team than Trotman, though there is a comprehensive set of criteria – Handedness! Waiver status! Skill set! Experience! – that will ultimately decide the opening day blue line. Darryl Sutter indicated last week that the decision on whether the team would carry seven or eight defenseman would come into clearer focus this week.

More to come from El Segundo…

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.