Kings notes: Kings won’t say where puck stops

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than 48 hours before their season opener, the Kings have not declared who will start in goal Wednesday night in Dallas. Mathieu Garon has been considered the No. 1 goaltender since he was acquired from Montreal in June 2004, was a little surprised when Kings coach Andy Murray refused to name a starter against the Stars. “I haven’t talked to (Murray) yet so I guess I’ll find out Wednesday and Thursday,” Garon said. The only thing Murray would say is that either Garon or rookie Jason LaBarbera would start Wednesday in Dallas and the other on Thursday at Staples Center when the Kings play their home opener against Phoenix. “One of them may play 81, but he’s not going to play 82 because we’re going to split the first two,” Murray said. “To be honest with you, we’re going to play the best goalie.” Garon, 27, has never been a fulltime starter in the NHL, posting an 8-14 record in parts of three seasons in Montreal. But the Kings liked his potential after he established career bests for GAA (1.99) save percentage (.940) and shutouts (2) in 2003-2004 with the Canadians. He spent last year with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester, leading the team with 32 wins and eight shutouts. Labarbera, 25, was signed by the Kings as a free agent last August. He played 53 games last year for Hartford in the AHL and posted a record of 31-16-2 with six shutouts. He’s started just three games in parts of two seasons with the New York Rangers. “They’re both young guys whose credentials in (AHL) are very similar,” Murray said. “I believe in playing the goalie that’s getting it done for you. The right response is to say (neither) will play 82 games. Maybe one will play 81, but that’s just a way of saying we’re going to play the best goalie.” Garon hopes that turns out to be him. “You want to play every game as a goalie,” Garon said. “If (Murray) wants me to start here or in Dallas I guess we’ll find out. Right now, I don’t know.” Moving and shaking: The Kings assigned Jeff Giuliano to Manchester Monday and have the same intentions for left wings Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn. Clarke and Flinn must both pass through waivers first. The moves brings the Kings roster to 26, three over the mandatory number they must be at by noon today. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 [email protected] last_img read more

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