EL SEGUNDO -- Quite a 'newsy' day out at the Toyota Sports Center.
First off, left wing Scott Parse will undergo hip labrum surgery next Tuesday in Nashville by Dr. Thomas Byrd. It’s the same injury that kept Parse out for the first 11 games this season.
Parse is expected to be sidelined until mid-February, according to general manager Dean Lombardi.
“I give the kid credit for trying to get it done,” Lombardi said during practice Tuesday. “He has been bothered by it for a long time.”
Kings coach Terry Murray said he sensed Parse was not right late in the second period Monday night in a 6-3 loss at San Jose.
“I was just not seeing the kind of player that I was hoping to see. I really haven’t yet,” Murray said. “I’m just waiting for him to break loose with his skills, to be able to do something very good for us, and last night he was behind the play, turning the puck over, not able to battle along the boards and push against people, and to me there was something wrong.”
Parse scored 24 points in 59 games as a 25-year-old rookie last season. He scored his first goal of the season Monday night against the Sharks, giving the Kings a 1-0 lead when a clearing pass went off his skate and into the San Jose goal.
In other news, the Kings are planning to send rookie forward Brayden Schenn to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester for “conditioning purposes,” Lombardi said. The transaction is not official, as the Kings are “discussing issues with the league related to the completion of the assignment.”
The 19-year-old rookie came into camp with a bothersome knee that he first injured during the IIHF World Junior Championships last winter. He then re-aggravated the injury in early September while practicing with his junior team in Brandon, Canada. He has also been slowed by a viral infection, Lombardi said.
Schenn, who has appeared in eight games for the Kings, can stay in Manchester for up to 14 days and then must be recalled by the Kings or be sent to back to his junior team. Schenn, who is too young to remain in the AHL, can appear in one more game for the Kings before his entry-level contract will kick in upon his 10th appearance in the NHL.
“The whole purpose of this is to get him in game shape,” Lombardi said. “We want to give the kid an honest shot here.”
The injury to Parse could open the door for Schenn to stick around if he returns from Manchester in proper game shape, Murray said
“Going down to Manchester to play seven or eight games in a couple weeks would be very beneficial for him,” Murray said. “And certainly, with Parse being out of the lineup now, this would be a great opportunity for him.”
The Kings officially placed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky on injured reserve and called up left wing Dwight King from Manchester. Ponikarovsky has out since breaking a finger against Nashville on Nov. 6.
King is a 6-foot-3, 227-pound 22-year-old who was drafted in the fourth round by the Kings in 2007. In 16 games with the Monarchs this season, he ranks second on the team in points (11), goals (six) and power-play goals (two).
Murray said he expected King to fit in well on the third line. Brad Richardson, who had been playing left wing on the third line, moved up to Parse’s spot on the top line during practice.
“Very big body, a real wide man,” Murray said of King. “He can establish position in front of the net. He’s got good hands, he has very good awareness, can make plays and on the other side of the puck. He’s becoming more consistent. That’s the one area of the game we want to see him be better, pushing the overall intensity.”