The Los Angeles Kings confirmed that both goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Justin Auger cleared waivers, which will allow the club to assign both the AHL’s Ontario Reign within 30 days or 10 games without the need for them to clear waivers again. No players who were placed on waivers on Sunday were claimed, nor were any Kings placed on waivers on Monday morning.
There was speculation throughout the preseason that the team could potentially lose Campbell in the waiver process, but to this point, the only player to be claimed since the waiver period opened on September 22 has been Jordan Nolan, who was claimed from Los Angeles by Buffalo last Friday.
With the expectation that Campbell will be assigned to Ontario, that raises the issue of how the team plans on handling Jeff Zatkoff, as Cal Petersen is also expected to take on a significant percentage of starts in net with the Reign. A team source told LA Kings Insider two weeks ago that it would not be ideal for Zatkoff to serve as the third goaltender in the AHL, which raises the possibility of a trade or loan.
Rosters are due to the NHL by 2:00 p.m. PT Tuesday afternoon. The Kings, who are hosting their annual golf tournament benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, are not scheduled to practice today. A look at how Los Angeles’ roster situation currently stands is available here.
Today on waivers: pic.twitter.com/E9wDJfYvKI
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) October 2, 2017
Via the CBA, 13.5: Waiver Expiration
The rights granted under this Article to Loan a Player(s) who is otherwise required to clear Regular Waivers to a minor league club expire for any Player(s) who, after clearing Regular Waivers:
(i) is not Loaned to a minor league club, or is Recalled from a minor league club (except on emergency Recall) and remains on an NHL roster for thirty (30) days (cumulative) or plays ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative),
(ii) is Recalled from a minor league club on emergency Recall and plays in ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative) while on emergency Recall. For purposes of clarity, games played while on regular Recall shall not count towards the ten (10) NHL Games in this subsection (ii).
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