The Kings have been shuffling players back and forth all season long so it should come as no surprise that they announced several roster moves today. The weekend assignments of center Rasmus Kupari and defenseman Jordan Spence have been reversed while center Quinton Byfield has also been brought back up from AHL Ontario. To make room on the roster, winger Arthur Kaliyev has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to December 20th.
Byfield started the season with Los Angeles, getting into eight games where he picked up three assists while averaging a little less than 12 minutes per game. He was sent down a little more than two months ago and has done well with the Reign, collecting nine goals and six assists in 16 contests which has earned him another look with the big club.
This is the seventh time already that Kupari has been recalled this season with many of those assignments being short-term paper transactions. The 22-year-old has played in 21 games with Los Angeles this season, notching two goals and three assists while also getting into 11 games with Ontario, tallying five goals with four helpers.
Spence is up for the fifth time this season but only has three NHL games under his belt so far to show for it. He has been quite productive in the minors with 21 points in 22 games (good for sixth among AHL rearguards) but with Brandt Clarke off at the World Juniors, he is starting to at least spend more time on the roster for Los Angeles.
Kaliyev was injured late in a game against Anaheim last Tuesday while blocking a shot and there’s no word on how long he’ll be out for. With them back-dating the placement, he’ll be eligible to be activated as soon as he’s ready as he has technically already served the required seven days. Kaliyev has nine goals and ten assists in 34 games so far this season.