LOS ANGELES — The Phoenix Coyotes’ Paul Bissonnette once joked about the fact that he has a “no movement clause in his contract …. from the middle of the bench.”
Life is not going to be much different for newest Kings goalie Ben Scrivens.
With Jonathan Quick likely to start 60-plus games in 2013-14, Scrivens will likely spell the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoff MVP for about 10-15 games.
Though Scrivens would like to be a number one goalie someday, he understands his role in Los Angeles.
“I mean, that’s the problem no matter where you go,” Scrivens said. “Everybody wants to be the guy. Everybody wants to be the number one. Obviously I’m still a young guy in the league, and for me to come in behind Quickie and learn as much as I can with him and work with (goaltending coach) Billy Ranford, it’s a great opportunity but also a great challenge.
“That was my role in Toronto by the end of the year, was trying to push for ice time and for starts. So I really don’t see it as too much of a change coming in to L.A. You have to earn every minute you get on the ice. But, saying that, the better you play, the more chances you get. Hopefully I can provide a good counterpunch when Quickie needs a break, and hopefully I can force the coaching staff into a difficult decision into how often they want to play me because I’m playing well. That’s all you can do, and that’s all I’m going to focus on.”
While Scrivens will see limited playing time, forward Matt Frattin has a chance to develop into a top six forward, but will likely start out in a third-line role.
Frattin has been on the radar of Kings GM Dean Lombardi ever since his days at the University of North Dakota.
“Yeah, that’s definitely exciting knowing that the team that just traded for you definitely wanted you for the past couple years”, said Frattin. I’m definitely excited for an opportunity, and wherever they kind of slot me in, that’s where I’m going to try and play my best.
“Personally, I did not know there were too many trade talks. I mean, you hear rumors within the media, but you don’t try to think too much of it, because Toronto and the media is pretty crazy up there. But other than that, most of it was probably behind closed doors, and I don’t think too many people knew about the trade rumors.”
With the Kings needing help on the left side, expect cach Darryl Sutter to give Frattin some work in training camp as a left winger to try and shore up an area where the Kings are in need of scoring.
“I played a few games with Toronto on the left side,” Frattin said. “I’m definitely comfortable over there but my strong side is my right side.”