The placements would suggest that the Kings will get some players off the COVID Protocol Related Absences list before tomorrow night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Los Angeles was using Grosenick as a backup for Jonathan Quick while Calvin Petersen remained unable to practice or play, while the return of either Sean Walker or Kurtis MacDermid would make Alt expendable.
Both players should probably clear and be assigned to the taxi squad tomorrow. If they do, Matt Villalta, who was serving as the third-string goaltender, will likely be reassigned to AHL training camp. All of that relies on there being a lack of claims though, something that certainly isn’t a guarantee at this point. In the early season we’ve already seen several goaltenders nabbed off waivers and though Grosenick has almost no NHL experience he does have a long track record of success in the minor leagues.
Alt too has only played in a handful of NHL games, 19 to be exact including last night’s overtime loss, but has been a useful minor league option for the last several years. The 29-year-old was a second-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes back in 2010 and scored 13 points in 55 games last season for the Colorado Eagles.