THE ROYAL MAILBAG (Jan. 28)
Why have the Kings not called goaltender Jason LaBarbera up from the minors? He has been playing very well.
Mel D., Milwaukie, Or.
The Los Angeles Kings do not want to risk losing goaltender Jason LaBarbera by calling him up to the NHL level as he would have to pass through waivers and would most likely be claimed by another team.
Waivers is a procedure based on games played in the NHL and length of service in terms of years pro to determine whether a club can freely assign/recall a player to/from its minor league affiliate. After a player appears in a certain number of NHL games or is on an NHL contract for a certain number of years, then a player will be deemed to need waivers before he can be sent/recalled to/from the minor leagues.
When a club places a player on waivers through the NHL, the NHL communicates to all of the other clubs who is on waivers, it is typically a 24-hour procedure. So for example, Club A places John Doe on waivers on Monday by Noon....the NHL will communicate to all other clubs that player John Doe is on waivers and all of the other NHL clubs will have 24 hours to submit a claim.
If more than one club claims a player, the club with the lowest number of points (based on percentage of games played) will be awarded the player. If no one claims the player, the player can then be freely assigned/recalled to/from the minors. If the player is recalled from the minors after "clearing waivers," he will not need to clear waivers again until he either has been on an NHL roster for 30 days or has played in 10 NHL games.
Also, if the Kings attempted to recall LaBarbera and he was claimed, the team that claimed him would only be forced to pay half of his salary. The Kings would be on the hook for the other half and that half of the salary would also count against the Kings salary cap.
LaBarbara is 25-14-1 with a 2.23 GAA and .932 SV% at Manchester this season.
I remember hearing at a Kings game a song that Jack Kent Cooke had written specifically for the Kings and they would play it whenever the Kings scored a goal and when the kings would skate out from the locker room. Can you tell me more about the song?
Marshall K., Woodland Hills, CA
Jack Kent Cooke, the original owner of the Kings, the Lakers and the Forum, wrote "Kings March." The song was played by the original Kings organist Gaylord Carter in the 1960's and 70s and also played during the opening and closing credits during Kings telecasts from the late 70's and early 80's, when the Kings were televised on Channel 9 KHJ-tv.
Who scored the first goal in Kings franchise History?
On Oct. 14, 1967, Brian Kilrea scored the first goal in franchise history as the Kings dealt Philadelphia a 4-2 loss.
What is the club record for highest attendance at a regular season home game?
The all-time record for attendance is 18,743 vs. SJ on Dec. 27, 2003.
I am a huge fan of Michael Cammalleri and I was wondering if you could ask Michael a few questions for me. Everyone on my hockey team and my coach's call me the Cammalleri kid, because all I do is talk about Michael.
1) Who is Michael's favorite hockey player?
2) What does Michael like to do in his free time?
3) What was his favorite tournament when he was a kid?
Daniel P., Bolton, Ont., Canada
"Overall I would say Wayne Gretzky was my favorite," Cammalleri said. "But I also really admired Pavel Bure and Joe Sakic. I kind of modeled my game after all of them."
"I like to golf during my free time," he said. "I never get to during the season, but during the summer time, I golf a lot and spend a lot of time with the friends and family."
"My favorite tournament was the Quebec Peewee tournament. We won that as a kid and it was a lot of fun."
I've got a question about the 1992-93 Clarence S. Campbell Bowl Champions: Could you give me some information about the depth chart? I think Gretzky was a line mate from Kurri?
Dirk P., Germany
LAKings.com went to veteran Kings play-by-play and color guys Bob Miller, Jim Fox and Nick Nickson for the answer.
The forward lines went as follows:
Tomas Sandstrom-Wayne Gretzky- Jari Kurri
Luc Robitaille-Jimmy Carson-Gary Shuchuk
Mike Donnelly-Corey Millen-Tony Granato
Warren Rychel-Pat Conacher-Dave Taylor
While the defensive pairings went as follows:
Alexei Zhitnik-Rob Blake
Tim Watters-Mary McSorley
Charlie Huddy-Darryl Sydor
Thank you for all of your questions. Don't forget, throughout the 2006-07 NHL season, LAKings.com would like to answer questions from Los Angeles Kings fans. E-mail your query to LAKings.com for possible inclusion in a future mailbag column, which will be published every other Sunday. Letters can be addressed to any member of the organization and may be edited for brevity, length and/or content. Please include your name and location along with your question and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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