The Kings on Wednesday traded backup goaltender Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a third-round pick in this year’s entry draft, loosening up their goaltending logjam.
Martin Jones was recalled from the Kings’ Manchester (N.H.) affiliate and was scheduled to meet the team in St. Louis to serve as Jonathan Quick’s backup on the upcoming four-game trip.
Scrivens, acquired by the Kings from Toronto last summer, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and the Kings’ goaltending depth means he wasn’t part of their long-term plans. Scrivens is from Spruce Grove, which is near Edmonton.
Scrivens filled in quite well this season after Quick strained a groin muscle Nov. 12. He was 7-5-4 in 19 games with a 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. He became the fourth goalie in Kings history to record a shutout in his first start for the club when he stopped 20 shots at Florida on Oct. 13. He also was the first Kings goalie to record successive road shutouts on the same trip when he blanked the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 15 and the New York Rangers on Nov. 17.
The Oilers on Wednesday traded goalie Devan Dubnyk to Edmonton for center Matt Hendricks.
The emergence of Jones pushed Scrivens down on the depth chart, and Quick’s return made Scrivens expendable.
Jones, a rookie, has appeared in 11 games with the Kings this season. He’s 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts. He won his first eight NHL games, tying an NHL record set by Bob Froese in 1982-83 with the Philadelphia Flyers.