After catching on with Los Angeles in November of last season and scoring nine points in 26 games, veteran d-man Jamie McBain says he’d like to stick with the Kings — but knows the club’s financial situation might keep it from happening.
“[No contract talks], nothing yet,” McBain said of his current status with the club, per Mayor’s Manor. “From the exit meetings – and I’ve already known this, anybody who looks at the paper knows – they have pieces that they have to get in place first. With the salary cap the way it is – even last year, me getting called up, it needed to be for the least amount of money possible – they had to find some money within the salary cap.
“I know they have some pieces they have to figure out first and they have to figure out the salary cap issue.”
The Kings were pressed up against the ceiling for most of last season — a big reason why McBain was brought in (at $550,000) following Slava Voynov’s arrest for domestic assault. The former Sabre and Hurricane performed reasonably well, considering he went the first four weeks of the campaign without a deal, but was a non-factor down the stretch and didn’t play over the final month-and-a-half of the regular season.
One of the guys that supplanted McBain in the lineup last year, trade deadline acquisition Andrej Sekera, is in line for an extension this summer (the two sides have already started preliminary talks), and that’s one of the cap issues McBain alluded to. The Kings also need to hammer out new deals for RFA forward Tyler Toffoli and d-man Brayden McNabb, which might not leave much room for McBain to re-sign.
It’s something the 27-year-old understands.
“It’s one of those things where it all depends on other organizations and the Kings, as far as what teams offer me,” he explained. “It’s tough to say exactly what the future is going to hold.”
The Los Angeles Kings have taken Alec Martinez off injured reserve, activating the 27-year-old defenseman ahead of tomorrow’s home game versus Vancouver.
Martinez has been out since early February with a concussion (or at least “concussion-like symptoms.”)
The Kings now have eight healthy defensemen on the active roster. If Martinez plays tomorrow versus the Canucks, it’s likely that Brayden McNabb would be the one to come out, with Jamie McBain being the other healthy scratch.
Brayden McNabb had a career-high three-point night chasing Calvin Pickard in the L.A. Kings’ 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night.
McNabb’s second of the season at 14:15 of the first period stood to be the winner. The goal, which gave the Kings a 3-1 lead, ended Pickard’s night early.
The Avs’ rookie goaltender allowed three goals on the game’s first eight shots and was replaced by Reto Berra. Berra made 20 saves in relief.
With the win, the Kings (32-21-13) move to within one point of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. L.A. also has a game in hand on Winnipeg. The Kings are now 3-0-1 in their last four.
L.A. is tied with Calgary (77 points) in the Pacific Division, but the Flames hold the tie break.
The loss drops the Avs (30-26-11) seven points back of a wild card spot.
Marian Gaborik and Jeff Carter had first period goals for the Kings. Kyle Clifford, who had a goal and an assist in the win, scored in the second. Jake Muzzin added his seventh of the season in the third.
Justin Williams had a pair of assists.
Tyson Barrie and Alex Tanguay had the Avs’ goals.
Jonathan Quick improved to 28-17-11 on the season with a 21 save performance.
Forbort was the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft, but has yet to make his NHL debut. He has two goals and nine assists in 46 games this season for Manchester.
The Kings host the Flames Thursday. It’s not clear if Forbort will play in that game or sit in the press box as a healthy seventh d-man; however, it’s worth pointing out that Alec Martinez remains day-to-day with concussion-like symptoms and veteran Robyn Regehr apparently had to battle through the effects of food poisoning last night in Columbus.
Brayden McNabb and Jamie McBain played limited minutes as a third pair against the Jackets.