In response to Jonathan Quick’s injury on Tuesday night, which head coach Darryl Sutter is saying is either hamstring or groin-related, the Los Angeles Kings made some moves.
First, the Kings have called up goaltender Martin Jones who will join the team in New York and will likely be in uniform for when the team plays the Islanders on Thursday.
In another move, forward Tanner Pearson has also been called up to the big club where he will also join the Kings on Long Island, most likely to replace the injured Kyle Clifford.
A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, the 22-year-old Jones has gone 9-2-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage with Los Angeles’s AHL affiliate in Manchester.
With Quick sent back to Los Angeles for the duration of the team’s eastern road swing, there is the possibility that Jones will see some ice time – perhaps in New Jersey. Then again, that’s mere speculation on my part.
As for Pearson, he’s done well thus far in Manchester. In 14 games for the Monarchs, the 21-year-old has seven goals and four assists for 11 points. It will be interesting to see how Pearson fares with the big club, especially considering he’s played so well with recent call-ups Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli.
For those discouraged about Los Angeles’s recent injury bug, it is notable to mention that the last time the Kings were on Long Island (February 2012), the team had just called up Dwight King and Jordan Nolan – and both of them stuck with the club helping the Kings win their first-ever Stanley Cup just a few months later.
A negative might possibly be turned into a positive so we’ll just have to see how Pearson and Jones fare while, at the same time, wishing speedy recoveries for the likes of Quick, Carter, Stoll, Greene and Clifford.