The Los Angeles Kings dropped a bomb Wednesday morning. Waiving goaltender Cal Petersen after the team's .868 9-8 loss against the Seattle Kraken Tuesday night.
In 10 games, Petersen has posted a .868 save percentage and -9.3 goals saved above expected. Goaltending has been a massive issue for the Kings this season and changes had to be made. Still, this is a surprising move considering Petersen is in year one of his $15 million contract extension.
The Kings did not have practice Wednesday, so there are no comments from players or coaches on the move right now.
If no more surprises come, expect Pheonix Copley to be recalled tomorrow ahead of the Arizona Coyotes game. Copley's played 31 NHL games, posting a .900 save percentage and -4.1 goals saved above expected.
Matt Villalta is another option, but it seems unlikely the King's trust a goalie with zero NHL experience to fix their goaltending woes.
Still a developing situation, it will be interesting to see what the Kings do in net moving forward. Long-term, a trade is clearly needed.