Zatkoff clears, expected to remain with Kings - LA Kings Insider

Jeff Zatkoff, who was placed on waivers on Wednesday, has cleared. Based on conversations with hockey operations, he’s expected to remain with the team through the near future and was one of the three goaltenders on the ice Thursday morning.

The timing of the waiver exposure was perhaps related to the Kings seeing if they might find a taker for his contract, which continues through next season at a $900,000 cap hit, but more fundamentally is related to the team’s desire to open up roster flexibility in advance of the trade deadline. Philadelphia is among the remaining teams that had been looking for a goaltender that they’d expose in the expansion draft – they currently don’t have one that meets those requirements – but the Flyers didn’t bite.

UPDATE: Philadelphia would be able to fulfill its expansion needs by qualifying one of their goaltenders, who I believe to be Anthony Stolarz.

Zatkoff being placed on waivers is not related to any immediate roster moves or sudden availability of Jonathan Quick. Though the team had been weighing a potential Jack Campbell recall, he is not expected to be brought up at this point. Quick is still going through simulated games in practice, and while the intensity of his work has been kicked up a notch, he’s not expected to be activated until early-to-mid March, based on correspondence with hockey operations.