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Kings send Martin Jones to the AHL

Jan 5, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings sent red-hot goalie Martin Jones to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs on Sunday.

Yup, that’s the same Jones who went 8-3-0 with a blazing .950 save percentage and 1.41 GAA (not to mention three shutouts).

It all comes down to Jonathan Quick‘s comeback, which was quite triumphant on Saturday. With the 2012 Conn Smythe-winner and 2014 Olympian back in the fold, the Kings saw a logjam in net. While one could argue that Jones, 23, out-played Ben Scrivens during Quick’s absence, Los Angeles doesn’t need to worry about losing Jones by sending him to the AHL.

(Scrivens certainly hasn’t been a sieve himself, either.)

That being said, it’s probably easier to send Jones to the minors considering his three-game losing streak, though those defeats were far from his fault (and … those represent his only defeats at the NHL level).

Really, it all demonstrates the embarrassment of riches for the franchise in net. With Scrivens, 27, headed toward unrestricted free agency (and thus being potential trade bait), it’s hard to imagine Jones staying in the minors for too long.

  1. lowenni - Jan 5, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Assuming they keep Scrivens, guess that dashes Jones’ audition for the Calder. Not a surprising move with Quick back.

  2. shaundre93 - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Well, my fantasy team was appreciative of your effort while it lasted. Back to having subpar goaltending. Thanks Mike Smith and Jimmy Howard…

  3. itwasafumble - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Good move for the Kings. They get Quick back, can keep Jones in game form by playing him in Manchester, and can use Scrivens to back up Quick. L.A. can then trade Scrivens away at the deadline and recall Jones, if they wish.

  4. nhstateline - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    nice work, Mr. Jones. Enjoy the rest of your last season in Manchvegas. I’m we’re happy to see you and Berube needs a rest but objectively based on your performance, you did a great job and have a bright future in the NHL

  5. flyerincowtown - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    It’s a no brainer, you keep Scrivens( an above average backup) in the big show to showcase for a trade and you keep giving Jones starter minutes in the AHL. Jones would have just lingered on the bench behind Quick.

  6. blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I DON’T LIKE THIS

    friends, even though this is probably the ‘prudent’ thing to do, I simply don’t like it … how can we discard someone like young Martin Jones from North Vancouver, after ‘all’ that he’s done for us in Quickie’s stead ? … to me , this is kind of like Brian Epstein telling the Beatles after their ’64 Ed Sullivan performance … “thanks mates, let’s touch base again in a few months time, eh?” …

    • areaman714 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Ugh. Another low IQ Kings fan. Jones down because he doesn’t have to clear waivers while Scrivens does. Plus, Jones will get needed playing time as he is still very green. Yikes, man. . . .

      • areaman714 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:14 AM

        Oops read your post after I posted ,. . .

  7. theonlycush - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    How the hell do you write this article and not point out the fact that Scrivens would have had to have cleared waivers, and Jones didn’t, thus making the choice a no-brainier?

  8. jkaflagg - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Gotta pay your dues to earn a full time spot in LA….Ask Slava Voynov, who played well in Manchester for almost 3 seasons but didn’t even get a call up until a few guys got injured.

    Jones was outstanding in his stint, but you can’t overlook the fact that Scrivens was almost as good until Jones got his shot. And that might not have happened when it did unless Scrivens gave up a few late goals in a 3-2 win over St. Louis that seemed to piss off Darryl Sutter….

    I expect the Kings will keep Scrivens through the season unless they get a real attractive trade offer at the deadline; they have to be sure Quick is past the injury and you can be sure Sutter doesn’t want to go into the playoffs with a rookie goalkeeper, despite how well Jones has played.

    • areaman714 - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Oops read your post after I posted ,. . .

  9. modcoop - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Jones not subject to being waived and potentially picked up by another team going down to the AHL. In addition once the Monarchs are done with their season, unless they win the Calder Cup, then Jones gets added after the trade deadline when teams can expand their rosters by 27 players I believe?

    Ben Scrivens has been more than the Kings could have hoped for when they acquired him along with Frattin and the 2nd round selection either in 2014 or 2015 from Toronto. It also helped that both Frattin and Scrivens salary was retained by Toronto, so it isn’t costing the Kings anything against the CAP. They occupy 2 roster spots. Unfortunately or fortunately having Frattin for this season helped avoid signing him long term or even making a trade for him since it was rumored that Lombardi was interested in acquiring Frattin to play LW the area the Kings have yet to really find a Top 6 replacement.

    It would be better for the Kings to keep Scrivens until midnight of the 1st night of Free Agency and here is why:

    Quick could re-injure his groin or some other part of his body which impair his style of play in goal, sending him onto the IR for some time.

    Scrivens could injure himself at some point, putting him on IR for a period of time, which would then force the Kings to bring up Jones or Berube.

    Once the playoffs start one of the 3 could injure themselves, effectively putting them on the IR so having a 3rd goaltender dressed would be a wise decision once the trade deadline comes and goes.

    Dean Lombardi has done a good job building this team from the back out, however the absence of a Top 6 LW has been an issue for 4 years. The prospects the Kings will have might just fit that need, however as of right now, they are still trying to plug one in.

    Tanner Pearson is #1
    Andy Andreoff #2
    Nick Deslauries #3
    Michael Mersch #4
    Valentin Zykov #5
    Maxim Kitsyn #6
    Dominik Kubalik#7
    Joel Lowry #8
    Nikolay Prokhorkin #9 not seen him play yet

    Barring a trade this is what the Kings have in terms of Left Wings. I might have missed one or 2 and the numbering I use is based on what I have seen playing in their various levels and leagues throughout the world.

    • blomfeld - Jan 6, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      AN ‘EXCELLENT’ ANALYSIS FRIEND ! :)

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