After trading away Martin Jones, the Los Angeles Kings have signed a backup for Jonathan Quick.
Jhonas Enroth is the new No. 2, inking a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.25 million.
Enroth spent 2014-15 split between Buffalo and Dallas. The 27-year-old finished with a record of 18-26-2, 3.07 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.
Those aren’t great numbers, but on a better defensive team, Kings management will be hoping they can improve.
For all the talent they boast up front, and after acquiring Cam Talbot to try and shore up the goaltending, the Edmonton Oilers still needed to address their defense.
They started to do that today by signing veteran blue-liner Andrej Sekera to a long-term deal:
Sekera, 29, split last season between Carolina and Los Angeles. He was traded to the Kings in February, but couldn’t help the then-defending champions into the playoffs.
The Oilers’ defense will continue to change. Nikita Nikitin and Andrew Ference won’t be around much longer, while young Darnell Nurse will be brought into the fold.
Edmonton is also reportedly close to signing center Mark Letestu.
The San Jose Sharks have signed pending restricted free agent goaltender Martin Jones to a three-year, $9 million deal, PHT has confirmed.
Jones, who was dealt by the L.A. Kings to the Boston Bruins at the NHL Draft, was acquired by the Sharks from the Bruins on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old has appeared in 34 career NHL games all with the L.A. Kings. Jones was 4-5-2 to go along with a 2.25 G.A.A. and a .906 save percentage in 15 appearances last season.
“I think I’m ready to definitely take that step and play more hockey games,” Jones said during a conference call on Tuesday. “I had a great two years in L.A. learning from Jonathan Quick. It’s been a big couple of years in my development and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”
Jones is expected to challenge Alex Stalock for the starting role in San Jose next season.
“It’s going to be fun to be honest with you,” Jones said. “You get to play those guys a lot. Obviously, they have a great team. To be able to play those guys is fun. I’m looking forward to it.”
After an earlier report from ESPN cited that Richards is part of an “ongoing investigation” by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, further details have come to light, according to TMZ.
NHL officials have been notified that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into ex-L.A. Kings player Mike Richards involves the prescription drug oxycodone … multiple sources tell TMZ Sports.
Our sources say Richards was stopped while crossing from the United States into Canada on June 17th … and we’re told he was questioned about oxycodone pills, a powerful painkiller.
Richards hasn’t been charged with a crime and Canadian officials aren’t commenting due to privacy laws. Additionally, the Los Angeles Kings haven’t offered any details on the situation, although they have terminated his contract due to a “material breach.”
Prior to his contract being terminated, Los Angeles was in trade negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. When Kings GM Dean Lombardi became aware of the situation though, he brought those talks to an end.
“He came right over to me,” Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN. “He pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey, Pete, this is going to come out. I had no idea. This is important you know so that talks [don’t go any] further.’”
The NHLPA issued a statement that they “are in the process of reviewing the facts” before they determine their course of action.
Martin Jones is headed back to the Pacific Division.
Less than a week after he was acquired by the Boston Bruins in the Milan Lucic trade, the 25-year-old goalie has been flipped to San Jose, where he’ll form a netminding tandem with Alex Stalock.
As first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the return to Boston is a first-round draft pick in 2016 plus unsigned prospect Sean Kuraly, a forward at Miami University.
“Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, per CSN Bay Area. “We’re extremely excited to have him on board.”
The undrafted Jones has a .923 career save percentage in the NHL, which is good. However, he’s only started 29 games total, and his save percentage was just .906 last season for the Kings.
In other words, the Sharks — a team that professes to have a “win right now” mentality — are rolling the dice on a pretty inexperienced goalie. Actually, make that two inexperienced goalies, given Stalock only has 37 career starts to his name.
The Bruins are now without a backup goalie.