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December 11, 2016 | 11:07am ET
Kings exploring goalie market again

The Los Angeles Kings are weighing their options in goal and management is looking at the possibility of acquiring a netminder to backup Peter Budaj until Jonathan Quick returns from injury in March.

First reported by TFP's Dennis Bernstein earlier this week, the Kings have given goalie Jeff Zatkoff a short leash. If Zatkoff can perform well in the near future when called upon, the Kings will stick with what they've got. But if he falters, the team will try to bring in another goalie.

Budaj has helped the Kings save their season, thus far, but the team wants another capable goaltender to share the load over the next three months.

Zatkoff picked up a loss against Carolina this week, but the Kings are willing to give him another opportunity to perform.

In the meantime, they continue to explore the marketplace and it's believed they would prefer to bring in a goalie that is in the final year of his contract -- unless the other team is willing to take Zatkoff back in a deal.

A trade is not imminent, but that could change depending on how Zatkoff performs in the near future.


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