The 23 man 2010-2011 Los Angeles Kings roster is set.  It includes Kyle Clifford, Brayden Schenn, Trevor Lewis and Andrei Loktionov.  With Scott Parse looking like he is heading to the IR for a time, Brad Richardson will maintain his promotion to the 2nd line left wing spot.

While the roster may be in place, it is still unclear who the regular 4th line will consist of as well as who will be Jake Muzzin’s partner on defense.  Peter Harrold has played well, though conventional wisdom has Drewiske holding on to Matt Greene’s spot.  Don’t be surprised for Muzzin-Harrold to be more regular than Muzzin-Drewiske until Greene returns.

As for the 4th line, we have seen many combinations and its anyone’s guess who the healthy scratches will be until Parse returns.  It is likely that with 3 youngsters on the roster that the 4th line will change from night to night.  Kevin Westgarth is the closest to a regular lock as far as I can figure.  Clifford also probably has the 4th line LW spot all to himself for the most part, though all three of the centers can fill in on the LW if the mood strikes Terry Murray.

My question is, when Parse does return, does he automatically get his spot back on the 2nd line?  Will Richardson be demoted to the 4th line regardless of his performance?  Hard to say.

No matter what, when Parse does get healthy, someone will have to be cut.

Also, Erik Ersberg and Rich Clune garnered no interest from the other 29 teams as no one put in a bid to claim either player.

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  1. Parse is the big question mark here, and it all seems to hinge on how long he stays on injured reserve. If it’s only a couple of games, then I guess you could plug him into the 2nd line, where it seems as if Murray intended for him to be from the outset, and move Richardson back to the fourth line. I”m not sure who that sends down, but I’m going to guess it would be Lewis.

    If he’s gone longer than just a couple of games, then I would think that the decision gets more complicated, as you would have to factor in what considerations Richardson and the others had earned by their play in those games. I would think that then you would have to start Parse out on the 4th line, and let him work his way up through the merits of his play. I never really thought that Parse’s play was all that consistant or spectacular last season to merit his promotion to the second line anyway. Third line maybe, but I would have to see something from him to push him right to second.

    I’m more curious about who it is that would get sent down, when Parse comes back. And then we have to go through this all again when Greene returns.

  2. I forgot to mention that there is an item in the Oct. 11th edition of The Hockey News that mentions the training and diet regime that Richard Clune goes through, and what tremendous shape he reported to camp in. I thought it was kind of funny to be reading that while he was sitting on the waiver wire. It’s going to look even funnier in there when that edition comes out in print!


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