Additional insight from Desjardins, Ranford, Budaj, Petersen, Lewis - LA Kings Insider

If you missed earlier stories today, they’re below:

Surgery, 4-to-6-week Campbell timetable after meniscus tear; Petersen recalled
Quick progressing but obviously won’t be rushed; Vilardi note
How will Budaj and Petersen split time? Will the team’s style change?

On today’s news that Jack Campbell is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after tearing his meniscus in Saturday’s game, an injury that will require surgery, there are some additional quotes that didn’t make it into the earlier stories but are still very much worth your time:

Willie Desjardins, on how difficult it is to lose Jack Campbell:
Yeah, it’s tough. He’s been playing great. It’s really been great with Billy and Dusty, to be able to [work] with him. He’s come along way from my time in Austin, and he gave us a couple real quality starts, three for sure since I’ve been here. It’s difficult for him, but the good thing is he knows he can play, I think coming in here, he probably wasn’t quite sure where he was at, but he feels good about his game. So, it’s tough to lose him. But that’s why we’ve got other guys.

Bill Ranford, on Cal Petersen:
Cal plays a little bit of a calm style in the net. Has some athletic ability, also. He had an incredible rookie season last year in Ontario and is trying to get back on track with the Reign, and now he’s back with us. We’re excited for the opportunity for him, but also disappointed at losing our one and two guy right now.

Ranford, on when he knew Campbell would be sidelined:
They had to get the MRI obviously yesterday, but they came in and said it was already swollen. It’s one of those things, it’s unfortunate, but this is a great opportunity for Cal and Peter to help this team get back on track.

Ranford, on Petersen’s cerebral growth:
He’s got a great demeanor, and there’s no doubt about that. That’s the thing that we loved about him when we went after him. They’ve got a young team down there. We can’t make any excuses. He knows his job is to stop the hockey puck, and that’s what he loves to do, and we we’re going to need him to do it at this level now.

Ranford, on handling Peter Budaj:
He’s going to get one-on-one attention to get him ready to go and obviously the video work that goes along with it. But Peter, he’s a great pro, and we just need him to be Peter Budaj. We don’t need him to be anything special. Just come out and play the hockey that we know he can play.

Ranford, on whether Budaj can be the same goalie that he was two years ago:
Two years ago, he won 30 games for us. That’s the goalie we need him to be. I’m sure he’s excited about the challenge that he has in front of him right now, and between him and Cal, we need both guys just to play hockey for us, give us a chance to win every night, and we’ll go from there.”

Ranford, on Campbell finishing the game Saturday:
He’s a competitor, Jack. It doesn’t surprise me that he finished. He still had an awful lot of work for that last half of the game, so he was obviously sore afterwards.

Peter Budaj, on injuries to Kings goalies:
…obviously this is not the situation we want to get in. It’s a disappointing thing to lose Quicky and then Soupy, so it’s tough, but we’ve just got to roll with the punches. Nobody said that the road’s going to be easy, and injuries unfortunately happen. We just have to rally around as a team. That’s why we have good depth … and that’s why we’re going to be able to get some wins.

Budaj, on how ready Petersen will be:
He’s a good guy. I think he’s a great guy. He’s a very hard worker. He works his leg off… and he really wants to be successful. Obviously, even him, we talked to each other. It’s not a situation you want to be called upon when somebody is hurt, but I think he works hard and tries to prepare himself the best he can for each situation.

Cal Petersen, on whether this is an exciting moment in his career:
It’s definitely exciting, despite the circumstances, obviously. But I’m really excited to be here, and to have the opportunity to be up here with these guys, I’m going to try to make the most of it.

Petersen, on what Dusty Imoo has worked with him on:
I think working with Dusty, I definitely have become more consistent day-by-day. One of the things that he’s definitely been preaching on is it’s not always going to be perfect games every time and sometimes you’re going to have to battle through adversity. But, if you keep the same mentality of getting better every day in practice, and then obviously remembering the right things in games, it gives the team the best chance to win. I think that’s kind of helped me in the long run, being able to put together the best product night in and night out.

Petersen, on the challenges of playing behind a younger group in Ontario:
It’s definitely a challenge. I think the biggest thing that’s frustrating is not winning, because I think that’s the most important thing. But, like you said, we kind of had a little bit of a younger group, and we kind of knew from the beginning there was going to be a learning curve every time you have a new pro and guys are moving up in ranks. The guys battled for me last year when I had to adjust to the pro game, and there are definitely guys in the locker room that are battling for the other guys that are adjusting. Like I said, it’s the same thing – trying to get better every day, and I think we’re really confident in the group that we have, and I think things will come around.

Petersen, on who he called or texted first:
I called my parents. They were pretty excited. [Reporter: Emotional?] I couldn’t really tell. I wasn’t able to Facetime or anything, but they had me on speaker. I think they were excited, obviously, to get the call. We’ll see. It’s obviously exciting for them. They’ve put in a lot of effort to get me to this point, too.

Petersen, on what he said to his parents:
It was pretty simple. I told them the situation, and obviously I was definitely smiling to get the opportunity, like I said, despite the circumstances. It’s a proud moment for me, but it’s a proud moment for them, too, because they put in a lot of effort to have this opportunity. To be able to share it with them, it’s equally special for me.

Trevor Lewis, on another significant injury for the team:
It’s some adversity we’re going through, but we’ve just got to find a way to get out of it. We’ll defeinitely be better for it once we get going here.

Lewis, on battlilng through adversity:
I think every team gets injuries. … Every teams’ going to go through injuries. We just have to stay with it and keep battling through.

–Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI

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.