Los Angeles may have a solution to its thinned-out blueline.
Jamie McBain, who recently wrapped a professional tryout with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, is practicing with the club in the wake of an injury to Robyn Regehr and Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension.
Regehr was injured during Friday’s practice and didn’t play on Saturday against Vancouver. Cap issues prevented calling up an emergency blueliner (the Kings were $160 short of qualifying for a recall), so L.A. played against the Canucks with just five defensemen — and won easily, 5-1.
That said, rolling with five blueliners isn’t an ideal situation. Here’s more, from LA Kings Insider:
I’ve been told that Regehr’s injury isn’t seen as any long-term complication, and that no decision has been made yet whether to place the veteran on injured reserve.
The move to bring in McBain could also be tied to the uncertainty over Voynov’s indefinite suspension. Both McBain and Voynov are righthanded shooters.
McBain had two points in four games with Manchester and, at 26, has quite a bit of experience — 275 career NHL contests split between Buffalo and Carolina. It seems as though he’d be a good fit but, per LA Kings Insider, the team doesn’t currently have a roster spot available at the moment.
Rob Blake on McBain : ‘it gives us an option ‘ has not been signed – team will evaluate next couple of days
— lisa dillman (@reallisa) November 10, 2014