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LA Kings put goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings put goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers Wednesday, a surprising move for a player once considered the successor in net to two-time Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick.

Petersen, 28, went on waivers the day after allowing four goals on 16 shots in relief of Quick during a 9-8 overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night. Quick was pulled after giving up five goals on 14 shots.

Only one NHL goalie has a save percentage lower than Petersen’s .868 this season, Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets with .864. Petersen is 5-3-2 in 10 games with a 3.75 goals-against average in his third full season with the Kings and fifth overall.

L.A. signed Petersen to a $15 million, three-year contract in September 2021, and he figured to take the starting job from Quick, who turns 37 in January and is set to be a free agent after the season. Petersen has two years left on that deal after this one at an annual salary cap hit of $5 million.

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Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn, left, celebrates a game-winning goal by left wing Andre Burakovsky as Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cal Petersen lays on the ice during overtime an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.

  • Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn, left, celebrates a game-winning goal by left wing Andre Burakovsky as Los Angeles Kings goaltender Cal Petersen lays on the ice during overtime an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.
  • Seattle Kraken center Jaden Schwartz, center, tries to get past Los Angeles Kings center Rasmus Kupari, left, and goaltender Cal Petersen as he goes after the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, in Los Angeles.

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