February 22 Morning Skate Notes: Jeff Carter practices, Rieder and Wedgewood join Kings - LA Kings Insider

The Kings returned to the ice Thursday for a full morning skate in advance of the team’s 7:30 p.m. home game against the Dallas Stars. Los Angeles last played Tuesday night in Winnipeg – the second game of a back-to-back – and was off Wednesday.

Below were the lines from practice as best I could see:

Iafallo – Kopitar – Brown

Pearson – Kempe – Mitchell

Clifford – Thompson – Toffoli

Andreoff – Amadio – Brodzinski

Forbort – Doughty

Phaneuf – Martinez

Muzzin – Folin

It didn’t appear that new addition Tobias Rieder was working with forward line rushes, but Coach John Stevens, when asked about Rieder’s status for Thursday’s game, said lineup decisions had yet to be made. Rieder also came off the ice with most of the team, while Clifford stayed on for extra work.

Jonathan Quick was the first goaltender to leave the ice, indicating he will start. The Kings recalled netminder Jack Campbell from the Ontario Reign earlier Thursday, so the team had three goaltenders at practice along with Scott Wedgewood, who was acquired from the Coyotes along with Rieder on Wednesday for netminder Darcy Kuemper.

Forward Jeff Carter returned to practice with the Kings for the first time since late October. Carter has only played in six games this season because of a deep cut that required surgery to repair a tendon in his ankle. Players seemed pretty pumped that Carter was with them again.

“Whenever one of your good buddies shows up to a party, everyone is a lot happier,” defenseman Alec Martinez said.

Stevens said Carter wasn’t 100 percent allowed to participate in contact drills, but the team wasn’t worried about him.

“A guy obviously of his caliber, it’s tough when you lose a guy like that for as long as it’s been,” Martinez said. “It’s good to see him back out here and obviously it shows that he’s making progress and hopefully he’s close and he feels good.”

Added defenseman Drew Doughty, “It’s definitely good to see him back out there and hopefully he recovers fully and is ready to go soon because it’s obviously going to be great to have a guy like that back.”

Carter is expected to speak to reporters Friday. He will not play tonight against Dallas.


– Rieder wore a big smile on his face after his first practice with the Kings. He pointed out that he had previously admired the organization from afar, which was a big reason why he seemed generally happy with his trade to Los Angeles.

“The Kings are a well-known organization you always look up to and you think that ‘what if I play for them one day’ and now it’s happening,” Rieder said. “I’m just really excited to be here.”

Rieder said he found out about the trade at around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. yesterday and then it was a mad dash to get everything ready.

“From then on everything went pretty quick. I had to pack my stuff, flew out last night and now I’m here,” he said. “I actually brought a lot. I brought two suitcases. A shout-out to my girlfriend, she did a great job packing. We got that done pretty quick and obviously had to leave the same night.”

Kings players noted Rieder was generally a difficult match-up for them, so they were happy he’s with their team and not an opponent.

“He’s a good two-way forward, really fast,” Doughty said. “He was pretty tough to play against. I was out there a lot against him. He battles hard, has a good shot. He’s kind of what we needed on that side, you know, a speedy guy that can play both ways.”

Said Martinez, “We’ve been playing against him for years. He’s a really tough guy to play against He’s got a lot of speed, he has burned us a few times, so it’s nice to have him on this side of things.”

– Forward Trevor Lewis skated on his own after Kings morning skate Thursday. Lewis has been out since Feb. 9 with an upper-body injury. Stevens said Lewis is “limited in a lot of things he can do at this point.”

He is listed by the team as “day-to-day.”

– Former Kings goaltender Robb Stauber is an Olympic gold medalist. Stauber, who played a total of 56 games for the Kings from 1989-90 through 1994-95, was the head coach of the Team USA women’s Olympic squad that beat Canada 3-2 in a shootout in Wednesday’s gold medal game.

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– The Coyotes officially announced Kuemper’s two-year contract extension with the team. Kuemper was a pending unrestricted free agent. After he was traded to Arizona, multiple media reports said he had agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million.

Lead photo via Darcy Finley/NHLI

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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.