On the heels of a ridiculous 9-8 overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday, a defeat that dropped the LA Kings to 1-2-3 over their last six games, the team shook things up on Wednesday by placing goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers.
Cal Peterson (LA) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 30, 2022
Petersen replaced Jonathan Quick early in the second period on Tuesday with the Kings trailing 5-4. He went on to allow four goals on 16 shots.
Petersen is in the first year of a three-year contract that carries a $5 million cap hit. The Kings signed Petersen to that contract extension prior to last season. It was a vote of confidence in a goaltender who had just 54 NHL games under his belt at the time. The team believed it had found Quick’s successor.
Instead, Petersen has struggled mightily since signing that contract. After posting an .895 save percentage and 2.97 goals against average in 37 games last season, he has an .868 save percentage and 3.75 goals against average in 10 games so far this season.