Somewhat lost — and understandably so — in today’s trades were the other roster moves made by the Kings. Oscar Moller and Marc-Andre Cliche were assigned to Manchester and Scott Parse was called up. Moller had four goals and three assists in 34 games with the Kings this season, and Cliche played his first and only NHL game Tuesday night against Dallas. Parse, who had eight goals and 13 assists in 48 games in a previous stint with the Kings, is back, and will need to show Terry Murray the necessary consistency that Murray believed was lacking in his game before. Here’s what Murray said about today’s moves…
MURRAY: “Well, we’re bringing in players who are proven NHL players, in Modin and Halpern. With Cliche just getting his opportunity, I think he still has a good upside. He’s got a bright future in the organization, but again, it’s about right now. When you start playing games in March and in April, you need experience, you need depth, you need that attitude through your lineup. So the move is made to make room for these guys that we’ve added today.
“Same thing with Oscar. I’m playing him a small amount of minutes. I know he gets onto the power play and he can contribute there, but in the overall scope of things, there’s still a bright future for him to be a major contributor down the road, and continue to develop (his) game and be a big help to the Manchester team to get themselves into the playfofs and be successful in the playoffs. I know Oscar, and his attitude is tremendous. He’s a very positive young man, and he’s going to go down there and continue to work at it, and build and help that team there.”
Question: Did you get any reports on Parse from Manchester, in terms of that consistency that you’ve been looking for?
MURRAY: “I haven’t got a lot of reports on it. Definitely that’s the area that I’m going to be watching closely. He can play at a high level. He can score spectacular goals and play on a top line, or slide back down the lineup. We’re going to try to keep pushing him up, and we’ll see how he develops here. He’s going to get an opportunity again. Justin Williams is getting close. He’s skating every day and he’s getting close to being back in the lineup. So the critical decision for Parse will come whenever Williams is getting himself ready to get back in the lineup.”