MacDermid on waivers; crowded LA, Ontario blue lines - LA Kings Insider

More on the Kings’ roster pare down will come throughout the coming days, but in setting the table for the week to come, the Kings placed Kurtis MacDermid on waivers, as expected.

In addition to those players, Luke Witkowski, Dylan McIlrath and Matt Puempel, all Red Wings, were placed on waivers, per Renaud Lavoie.

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This was covered in detail yesterday; as of 24 hours ago, the Kings were looking at a 22-man roster that included a seven-man defense of Drew Doughty, Derek Forbort, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Dion Phaneuf, Oscar Fantenberg and Paul LaDue. MacDermid, who signed with the club in September, 2012, days before the start of the NHL lockout, has long been appreciated by the Kings staff for his preparation, toughness, conditioning – I could keep going here – but faced an uphill battle to earn a roster spot with the team’s focus on accentuating its speed and skill and with a deep back end. I did sense a little bit of concern early in camp that he’d draw interest on the wire; as a counter-point, the Kings have had success retaining their waiver-eligible RFAs to two-year contracts that discourage claims by teams looking for quick plug-ins. But MacDermid is a very capable fighter, brings toughness that few in the league can match, and while the pugilistic aspects of hockey aren’t as front-and-center as they were in prior eras, still profiles as a player and excellent teammate that can help NHL teams in more rugged aspects of the game.

If MacDermid goes unclaimed, he’d be assigned to Ontario, where there’s already a pack of eight defensemen in Stepan Falkovsky, Rob Hamilton, Alex Lintuniemi, Chaz Reddekopp, Matt Roy, Colton Saucerman, Austin Strand and Sean Walker, with reinforcements of Kale Clague and potentially Daniel Brickley upcoming. Clague, Brickley, Falkovsky, Lintuniemi, Roy, Strand and Walker are signed to NHL contracts in addition to MacDermid.

MacDermid, 24, totaled one goal, four points and 57 penalty minutes in 34 games with Los Angeles last season and has 11 goals, 42 points, 334 penalty minutes and a plus-43 rating in 146 career AHL games.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.