Win or lose, the
They still needed change.
That was underscored by a 3-2 loss to the
Kings general manager Rob Blake wants regularity from a bottom-six forward group that has seen a rotation of prospects, coupled with the unsuccessful reunion with Cammalleri. Blake acquired Jokinen in a transaction that came together "fairly quickly" over the last couple of days.
"He's been a very reliable player over his career and I think that would bring a little stability to our lineup," Blake said.
Top to bottom, the Kings lacked stability when they squandered a 2-0 lead, which came courtesy of Anze Kopitar, who achieved a career-high nine-game point streak with a tap-in power-play goal at 3:14 of the first period. Tanner Pearson’s steep-angle shot made it past Vancouver goalie
But the Kings find themselves 0-3 on this homestand, and
The Canucks were sparked by
"We just need to look at ourselves," Pearson said. "We all know the way we can play. We've done it in spurts. In some games, we've done it the whole game. We've just got to do it for 60 minutes and not 10 minutes in the first period."
Baertschi’s goal came after an inadvertent high-sticking penalty by Andrew Crescenzi in his NHL debut, which happened after 251 games played in the minors. He was an undrafted signee by the
"It's been a long time," Crescenzi said before the game. "I'm grateful for the opportunity."
As the Kings said hello to Crescenzi, they said goodbye to Cammalleri again. His signing of a one-year, $1-million contract on the first day of free agency did not make waves, especially as the Kings' big offensive catch. It was a low-risk homecoming for the 15-year NHL player after he spent the first five seasons of his career here.
Cammalleri was reunited with former linemates Kopitar and
He was scratched twice in October and his ice time sank to a career-low 12 minutes, 38 seconds per game. Cammalleri contributed three goals and four assists and was on the first power-play unit as recently as this month, but his role became further reduced with the breakthroughs of Alex Iafallo and Adrian Kempe.
Blake did not say if Cammalleri requested a trade but confirmed that Cammalleri was unhappy. "I don't think he enjoyed the role that he was in, by any means," Blake said. "I won't tell you a lot about our conversations but [what] I'll tell you is that we came to the conclusion it wasn't going the direction he wanted it to."
Jokinen, 34, will play for his seventh team in a 13-year career that peaked statistically with 30 goals for the