Reports: Petersen placed on waivers + Kings cancel today’s on-ice practice

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There goes the practice report that was in the works here. The Kings cancelled their on-ice practice today and held an off-ice workout, behind closed doors, with no media availability. The plan for today was to naturally see how the team aligned today coming off of last night’s 9-8 overtime defeat. Without the public, on-ice practice, minus an individual workout for Alex Iafallo as he continues his progress in returning from a lower-body injury, those observations will wait until tomorrow. The Kings held an off-ice workout today as a group.

Todd McLellan said after last night’s game that the first step in the process begins with evaluating the team, by position, to see what the next steps are. Starting with goaltending, moving on to the defense and ending with the forwards, an evaluation of where things are at was needed. The only change to personnel as it pertains to today’s roster was assigning forward Samuel Fagemo to AHL-Ontario, presumably to give him a practice, with the Reign on the ice at 11 AM. Minus Iafallo, that leaves the Kings with 12 forwards for tomorrow, so we will see if anything additional happens between now and then.

Along those lines, reports today – first from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and first correctly spelled by TSN’s Chris Johnston – have said that goaltender Cal Petersen has been placed on waivers.

A reminder when it comes to waivers, no action is required, needed, or even necessarily intended should a player clear. The Kings could place Petersen on waivers, see him clear tomorrow, and opt to start him against the Coyotes should they so choose. That’s not to say that’s the plan, that’s not to say it’s clear what’s to come, but we don’t know what the actual decision will be until tomorrow, when we find out what Petersen’s fate is as it pertains to whether or not one of the other 31 teams in the league places a claim.

If Petersen is claimed, no action would be required, he would simply join that team. If Petersen is not claimed, the Kings could assign him to Ontario. In that situation, the organization would recieve $1,125,000 in cap space and carry a cap charge of $3,875,000. The Kings could also choose to keep him on the NHL roster, in which case nothing would change, minus the fact that the Kings could assign him to the Reign at a later date within 30 days or 10 games played of tomorrow. The Kings are back in action tomorrow evening against Arizona and the Reign’s game schedule resumes against Colorado on Friday evening.

That’s all for today from a day I think we were all expecting to go a bit differently. Will poke around in the comments in between meetings the rest of the day as we sort through the last 24 hours.

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