Lindback to be brought in on PTO; will join Reign - LA Kings Insider

After an Expressen report this morning indicated that goaltender Anders Lindback would “sign a short-term contract,” according to Google Translate, a Kings hockey operations source confirmed that Lindback would join the organization on a PTO and would report to the Ontario Reign.

This is, of course, related to the spate of injuries the Kings have experienced in goal. Because of the groin injury that is expected to keep all-world netminder Jonathan Quick out of game action for roughly three months, and because of the less serious groin pull suffered by Jeff Zatkoff during Saturday’s morning skate that should sideline the back-up for around one week, the two goaltenders that opened the year in Ontario, Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell, are now up with the parent club, which has forced the team to look outside of the organization for solutions in goal at both the NHL and AHL levels. On Saturday, goalie Jonah Imoo started in net for the Reign, while his father, Kings goaltending development coach and 46-year-old former Japan international, Dusty, served as an emergency back-up.

According to the hockey operations source, whether Lindback has his tryout extended will be based “on how he plays.” The situation was forced, in part, because the Reign plays a three-in-three this weekend, with games in Cedar Park, Texas on Friday and Saturday and in San Antonio on Sunday. After a Thursday home game against Nashville, the Kings travel to St. Louis and Chicago for a back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday, so there are opportunities for all four goaltenders – Budaj, Campbell, Imoo, and now, Lindback – to have an opportunity to play amidst a truncated schedule. UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: Lindback must first wait for his visa to clear, which generally takes 7-10 days. His opportunity to play this weekend appears to be in doubt.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Lindback has appeared in 130 career games with Nashville, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Arizona, going 45-58-8 with a 2.87 goals-against average, .904 save percentage and three shutouts.

As reported yesterday, Los Angeles, given the team’s current circumstances, isn’t expected to trade for a higher-profile goaltender due to salary cap constraints.

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.

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#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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


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