There are two especially stressful spells for
It is no different for the
Adrian Kempe, Michael Mersch, Paul LaDue and Kurtis MacDermid were not on the ice at El Segundo. Official word of their minor league assignments to Ontario is expected to come Tuesday.
The bigger news, however, had to do with a player still around. Winger
One of the executives in the Kings' hockey operations said Monday that the team was still "working on" a contract for Setoguchi.
"I thought I gave myself a chance. By no means is it over. It's an everyday thing for me," Setoguchi said Monday. "I've got to make sure that I keep improving and getting better and trying to prove my worth here in L.A."
Setoguchi played on the No. 1 line with Anze Kopitar and
"It's good as long as you can produce," Setoguchi said. "You're going to get the opportunity to play and it's what you do with it that makes you and your game. Obviously, [Kopitar and Brown are] both highly talented players. I'm thankful to be in the position that I'm in. But I can't be complacent and take things for granted."
Last season, Setoguchi was playing in Switzerland for Davos. A former teammate, the
"I started this chance on a comeback last year, working into this year," Setoguchi said. "I knew, coming into camp, that there was $57,000 in cap space. That's kind of draining on a guy."