The Los Angeles Kings have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the season isn’t over for four of their players. Today the team announced that Jonny Brodzinski, Michael Amadio, Oscar Fantenberg and Paul Ladue are all on their way back to the Ontario Reign to help in their AHL playoff run.
All four are eligible for the playoffs because they were on the AHL roster—or at least involved in paper transactions—at the trade deadline, and will give a huge boost to the Reign when they take on the Texas Stars tomorrow. Brodzinski and Amadio were both point-per-game players this season in the AHL, while Ladue and Fantenberg can log huge minutes on defense.
It’s a tough end to the season for a team like Los Angeles, after fighting all year to just make it into the playoffs. The four game sweep at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights will leave a sour taste in the mouths of the players and front office, and likely lead to changes this summer. While Brodzinski and Amadio are both under contract for next year, Ladue and Fantenberg are two of the team’s several restricted free agents and will be looking for new deals. Both should be back on relatively cheap contracts, but don’t expect either to have a guaranteed role on the NHL club next season.