J.F. Berube

Report: Kings could place Jones on IR


L.A. Kings goaltender Martin Jones could be headed to injured reserve.

Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter told the media Saturday that Jones missed the team’s morning skate due to illness.

However, according to L.A. Kings insider, Jon Rosen, it seems a bit more serious.

From Rosen:

It now appears as though Martin Jones, who didn’t participate in today’s morning skate, could be bound for injured reserve. I’m not quite at the point where I’d be able to discuss the nature of his ailment – and I don’t know the full details – but if the Kings choose to place him on injured reserve, J.F. Berube would be recalled from AHL-Manchester. From my understanding, the injury isn’t something that would be considered a “long-term” ailment.

Jones is 4-3-2 with a 2.20 G.A.A. and a .908 save percentage this season.

Berube, who has never appeared in an NHL regular season game, is 19-4-3 this season with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs.

The 23-year-old was originally the Kings’ fourth-round selection (95th overall) in 2009.

The Kings play host to the Ducks tonight. The two teams split the first two meetings of the five-game season series.

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Roundup: Kings, Oilers, Coyotes all re-sign depth players

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Not all signings can earn the attention of a full post. Here’s a few of those from today…

Oilers re-sign three players

The Edmonton Oilers helped keep some of their depth going by keeping three players in the fold with one-year deals. Forwards Andrew Miller, Curtis Hamilton, and Tyler Pitlick all were inked to new deals. All three players spent the season with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL last season. Pitlick and Hamilton were each second-round picks by the team in 2010. Miller was signed out of Yale following his senior season in 2013.

Kings re-sign Berube

Should the Los Angeles Kings run into any trouble with Jonathan Quick or Martin Jones next season, they’ll have J.F. Berube to fall back on. The 23-year-old goaltender re-upped with the Kings on a two-year contract. He’ll likely start the season in Manchester, but should Quick have trouble bouncing back from offseason wrist surgery, he could start as Jones’ backup if the Kings don’t sign a veteran to help. The Kings have just Dwight King left to re-sign amongst their restricted free agents.

Coyotes re-sign McMillan and Szwarz

Arizona helped keep their depth intact by re-signing forwards Brandon McMillan and Jordan Szwarz. McMillan has seen NHL time with the Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks in the past and had six points with the ‘Yotes last season. Szwarz had three goals and 19 penalty minutes in 26 games last season with the team and splitting time between the AHL and NHL.