Kings start 2005 season under wraps

first_imgKings coach Andy Murray knows who will start in goal for him in tonight’s season opener in Dallas. He just wasn’t inclined to reveal who it was before boarding an afternoon flight to Dallas Tuesday following a short practice in El Segundo. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Our opponents don’t know either goalie that well and this makes their work a little tougher, ‘ Murray said. “I don’t usually have a problem saying, but I think right now I’d prefer not to say.” Murray did inform Garon and LaBarbera of his decision; although he made it clear he wanted them to keep mum. “I just said I don’t think anyone else has to know,” Murray said. Game day decision Mattias Norstrom, who is eligible to come off the injured list before tonight’s game, was not expected to fly with the Kings to Dallas while recovering from the flu. Depending on how he’s feeling, Norstrom could join the team in time to play tonight. Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera will get the starting nod, but in an effort to prevent Dallas from preparing for one or the other Murray kept his decision to himself. Garon and LaBarbera are both relative unknowns in terms of NHL service, and Murray is hoping to take advantage of the lack of intelligence on them by delaying his announcement. center_img Norstrom is fully recovered from the strained hamstring that landed him on the injured list. If Norstrom is activated, the Kings will have to make a roster move to clear a spot on their 23-man roster. The final 23 To get to the 23-man limit the Kings placed Norstrom, right wing Valeri Bure and defenseman Richard Petiot on the injured list. Bure, out with a back strain, is eligible to be activated after the Kings home opener Thursday against Phoenix. Left wingers Noah Clarke and Ryan Flinn both cleared waivers and were loaned to Manchester of the AHL. Filling in One of Murray’s concerns heading into camp was replacing emotional leader Ian LaPerriere, who signed with Colorado as a free agent. But LaPerriere’s loss has been softened thus far by the play of newcomer Tom Kostopoulos, one of the surprise players in training camp. “We lost a great player in Ian, he was such a heart and soul guy and it was really tough to see him go,” Murray said. “But the word from our scouts was that (Kostopoulos) could come in and do some of those things and I think he’s done that. Now we just have to see if he can do it in the regular season.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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