Reign add Poulin on PTO; Reddekopp re-assigned to Fort Wayne - LA Kings Insider

Though Matthew Villalta finishing the season the same way that Cal Petersen started it – playing elite hockey for every minute of every game – sounded appealing, the Reign were bound to add a goaltender before tonight’s game in Bakersfield. That goaltender is Kevin Poulin.

Poulin, 29, joins the Reign for his second AHL stop of the season, after he played in three games in Grand Rapids during the month of January. Though he went 0-2-1, Poulin posted a 2.22 goals against average and a .915 save percentage behind one of the AHL’s least stingy teams (T-6 in most goals allowed this season).

Poulin brings 50 games of NHL experience, all with the New York Islanders, and 188 games of AHL experience with Grand Rapids, Stockton and Bridgeport. Poulin spent last season inside the AEG organization, with AEG-owned Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL in Germany. Poulin solidifies the Reign goaltending tandem in the interim on a PTO, while Cal Petersen gets his well-deserved opportunity in the NHL with the Kings.

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 07: Kevin Poulin #60 of the New York Islanders plays goal in front of Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings and Thomas Hickey #14 of the New York Islanders during the second period at Staples Center on December 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Additionally, the Reign announced today that defenseman Chaz Reddekopp has been reassigned to the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets. The math simply did not add up on the Ontario blueline, with nine defensemen vying for 6 or 7 spots depending on the evening. Mike Stothers said bluntly that all nine defensemen are AHL caliber, and that it’s going to be tough to sit out any of the nine when their play might dictate otherwise.

Reddekopp has shown reliability and physical play in his own end this season, but sometimes it’s a numbers game. The plan for Reddekopp is for him to get playing time in the ECHL with Fort Wayne, with the Komets in action for a three-in-three set this weekend, beginning tonight in Kalamazoo. Depending on how things shake out from a roster moves perspective throughout the course of the month, Reddekopp could very well find himself back with Ontario before too long.

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.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.