The Los Angeles Kings will call up defenseman Derek Forbort from AHL Manchester tomorrow, according to Mayor’s Manor.
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.
For most of the season, Brough and I shrugged off concerns about the slumping L.A. Kings. Don’t worry, we said. They’ll be fine, we said. Defending Stanley Cup champs, we said.
Having won just four games since Christmas, the Kings are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs and becoming the first reigning champ to miss the subsequent postseason since Carolina in 2007.
What’s more, the club’s terrible cap situation could prevent GM Dean Lombardi from pulling another trade deadline rabbit out of his hat, like in 2012 (with Jeff Carter) and last spring (with Marian Gaborik.)
In related news, Brayden McNabb — seen in the above video making an egregious mistake — will be replaced in the lineup tonight versus Florida by Jamie McBain.
Beware of Tyler Toffoli.
He somehow managed to remain unnoticed to the side of the San Jose Sharks net for a brief time, then suddenly received a pass from Jamie McBain, who somehow got the puck through the middle of the ice and past three San Jose players in the area. Toffoli made no mistake, burying the feed to get the Kings on the score board.