LA Kings Quinton Byfield

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We’ll see if it’s nothing more than paper transactions, but per the AHL transactions page, the LA Kings have made the following moves:

RECALLED from Ontario:

RETURNED to Ontario:

Again, with the Reign playing on Wednesday and the Kings not until Thursday, some of these could simply be paper transactions to work around the salary cap. However, Byfield being called up kind of aligns with his conditioning stint in the AHL before returning to the NHL club. Also, with Phillip Danault in COVID protocol, the Kings are thin down the middle right down.

As far as Moverare, he probably stays up as long as Drew Doughty is out of the lineup for depth purposes only.

  • You all have likely seen Garret Sparks‘ postgame presser by now. I loved how honest and open he was about his journey to get back to this point, and for the Kings to storm back with three unanswered goals to help him get his first win in just under three years, it was inspiring to see that kind of raw emotion from the 28-year-old. Consider me a fan for life.
  • Here are some of the highlights from his presser:

  • Sparks also responded to Sean Durzi’s comment on Twitter:

  • Not only did Sparks earn his first win in quite some time, but Christian Wolanin’s game-tying game was also his first as a member of the LA Kings and first NHL goal since March 2019. Zach Dooley of LA Kings Insider dug up this little factoid, which is pretty incredible:

  • While nothing is final, Helge Grans has been skating on Sweden’s top pairing in preparation for the World Juniors:

  • As touched on yesterday, it’s looking more and more like the NHL players won’t be heading to the Olympics, so that three-week period of downtime will strictly be used for make-up games across the league:

  • The Maple Leafs and Red Wings were the latest teams to shut down all team activities through the holiday break.

Keeping it fairly short today. Friendly reminder that the Kings/Oilers game (HERE) on Wednesday has been postponed, with the league halting all cross-country travel through the holidays. LA will play next in Vegas on Thursday.

Happy Monday!

2 thoughts on “Byfield, Turcotte recalled, Sparks fly, Wolanin’s first goal, and other LA Kings Bullets

  1. Thanks for all the quotes! Sparks looked surprisingly good during the preseason, but I guess it really wasn’t so surprising!

    QB, Turcotte, and Fagemo are the future. Wouldn’t be surprising that depending on how they look in practice, some might stay – particularly QB. But “Lizotte on waivers”’has been put to bed for the time being! He is looking good!

    1. Of course! Thanks for reading! I was so happy for Garret last night, especially after hearing more about his story.

      I’d like to see the trio of Byfield/Turcotte/Fagemo get a look. You are right, though, Lizotte cannot be taken out of the lineup the way he is playing right now.

      There are other players who are a non-factor right now, though.

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